The Barnstable County Department of Health & Environment is restocking local health departments on the Cape and Islands with Potassium Iodine (KI) pills.
Officials are encouraging residents, especially those with children, to keep the pills in their emergency kits. KI pills protect the thyroid gland in the event of a radiological emergency.
The restocking, which last occurred in 2007, is pursuant to Massachusetts General Law Ch. 111, Sec. 5K. The law makes KI pills available to Cape Cod and Islands residents as well as those within 10 miles of Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station in Plymouth.
According to capecodonline.com, the pills are courtesy of Entergy Corp., Pilgrim's owner-operator. The pills run about 35 cents each, making the company's total cost under $600,000.
KI pills are available at the Barnstable Health Division, 200 Main Street, Hyannis.