Select residents to receive free potassium iodide

Catawba County Public Health and Health Departments in Gaston, Iredell, Lincoln and Mecklenburg counties are finalizing plans to make free potassium iodide (KI) available to persons who live or work near the McGuire and Catawba nuclear power plants. 

This is the first distribution of free KI distribution to those who live or work in the 10-mile emergency planning zones (EPZ) surrounding this area’s two nuclear power plants since 2002.  Catawba County's specific EPZ is bordered by N.C. 150 on the north, the Catawba County line on the south, Lake Norman on the east, and N.C. 16 on the west.

Those living within the 10-mile EPZ may pick-up potassium iodide at the Sherrills Ford-Terrell Fire and Rescue at 4011 Slanting Bridge Road in Sherrills Ford from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. Saturday. One family member may pick-up two tablets per person for each member of the household. 

If residents are unable to pick up their KI pills Saturday, they may come to Catawba County Public Health located at 3070 11th Ave. Dr. SE, Hickory, Monday-Friday 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. to pick up their pills. 

KI pills will also be available to businesses that are located within the 10-mile EPZ starting Monday.  Business representatives will need to provide the total number employees that work during their largest shift, address, phone number, name of a contact person and signature.