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									                                    PUTNAM COUNTY
                             BUREAU OF EMERGENCY SERVICES

Robert McMahon                                                                                    Adam B. Stiebeling
Commissioner                                                                                    Deputy Commissioner

Thomas C. Lannon, Sr., Director                                                                Robert Cuomo, Director
Emergency Management                                                                       Emergency Medical Services

           Putnam County schedules annual Potassium Iodide Distribution Dates in
                            Emergency Planning Zone Towns
       Reprinted date: Monday, March 26th , 2012 -8:00 am

       For Immediate Distribution and Publication

       Carmel – The Putnam County Bureau of Emergency Services, in support of the New York State
       Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Services - Office of Emergency Management
       has announced the annual Potassium Iodide (KI) Distribution Dates; for the county ten mile
       emergency planning zone Towns of Philipstown, Putnam Valley and Southwest portion of
       Carmel. These annual dates are offered in the towns as a convenience for residents living in the
       planning zone. Potassium Iodide is always available free of charge Monday through Friday; 09:00
       am to 4:00 pm at the Bureau of Emergency Services Offices, 112 Old Route Six, Carmel, New
       York 10512; (845) 808-4000.

       Distribution schedule is as follows:

                 Wednesday April 4th - Putnam Valley Town Hall, Lobby from 2:00 PM to 7:00 PM
                 Thursday April 12th - Carmel Town Hall, Meeting Rooms 1 & 2, from 2:00 PM to 7:00 PM
                 Tuesday April 17th - Philipstown, VFW Hall, from 2:00 PM to 7:00 PM

       Potassium Iodide KI is a chemical compound that can be used to protect the thyroid gland from
       exposure to radioactive iodine; one of many radioactive materials that may be released from a
       nuclear power plant. KI is only effective at protecting a person’s thyroid gland from airborne or
       ingested radioiodine if taken within a relatively narrow timeframe prior to or after exposure. It
       does not protect any other organs in the body.

       Of importance during this annual distribution series is the removal of previously distributed KI in
       the 65 mg. tablet form. The 65 mg. tablets of KI, distributed by Thyrosafe, which were previously
       distributed, are set to expire in April 2012. It is important as with all medications to properly
       dispose of; and replace. KI being a simple salt in small quantity can be disposed of with normal
       household refuse in the garbage in its original packaging or by returning it when you pick up your
       new supply. Larger quantities, such as those located at special facilities, daycares and schools will
       be retrieved for proper disposal. KI can also be returned to a county medication take-back day; the
       next scheduled date is Saturday, April 28th at the Putnam Hospital Center.

       KI in the form of liquid doses, 65 mg and 130 mg tablets will be available to be picked up at the
       above dates and locations; free of charge.

                                      112 OLD ROUTE 6 – CARMEL, NEW YORK 10512
                                             Tel. (845) 808-4000 / Fax (845) 808-4010
                                         Emergency Operations Center Tel. (845) 808-4050
                                  Email: pcbes@putnamcountyny.gov Web Page: pcbes.org
                           PUTNAM COUNTY
                    BUREAU OF EMERGENCY SERVICES
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Having KI available prior to an emergency is the best way to protect you and your family. It is
important to note that taking KI will not provide long-term protection for a person against
radioactivity. Also, KI should not be used as a general health precaution unless high-level
radiation exposure is expected and is recommended by health officials. Potassium iodide can also
be harmful to people who have certain medical conditions, including iodine sensitivity or
allergies. In many cases, people who have shellfish or seafood allergies or certain skin conditions
may have anaphylactic reactions to KI intake.

Radiation is always naturally present in our environment, usually at very low levels known as
background radiation. In addition, people who undergo certain medical tests or procedures such
as an x-ray are exposed to low-level radiation that is generally not considered harmful.

It should be noted that this is an annual activity associated with the counties radiological
emergency response planning; and should not be considered in response to the events that are
occurring in Japan, at this time. The levels of radiation being released from the damaged nuclear
power plants in Japan are constantly being assessed by numerous agencies; however, based on the
information available at this time, from the New York State Department of Health; trace amounts
of radiation exposure from this event may occur in New York State but with little or no impact to
public health.

For additional information regarding Potassium Iodide (KI) or county emergency planning
please visit www.pcbes.org , under Indian Point or the New York State Department of Health at
http://www.nyhealth.gov/environmental/radiological/potassium_iodide/ , or by calling (845)
808-4000.


Contact: Adam B. Stiebeling

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                               112 OLD ROUTE 6 – CARMEL, NEW YORK 10512
                                      Tel. (845) 808-4000 / Fax (845) 808-4010
                                  Emergency Operations Center Tel. (845) 808-4050
                           Email: pcbes@putnamcountyny.gov Web Page: pcbes.org

								
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