The current distribution of potassium iodide (KI) makes the thyroid-protecting tablets available free to those who work or live within the 10-mile Emergency Planning Zone (EPZ) of either the Catawba or McGuire Nuclear Power Plants.
Below is information specific to each County about pick-up sites, available hours and special instructions for employers.
Those wanting to pick up KI are asked to first call the sites below to check on availability.
Employers within the 10-mile EPZ of the Catawba Nuclear Power Plant may pick up potassium iodide (KI) for their employees from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday - Friday, at the Catawba County Health Department at 3070 11th Avenue Drive SE, in Hickory, NC.
Work sites are responsible for storage of the KI and developing a distribution plan for employees. Employers are eligible for one (1), 130 mg dose per person based on the number of employees on the property during the largest shift.
Those living within the 10-mile EPZ are eligible for two (2), 130 mg doses per person living in their home and may pick up KI at the Catawba County Health Department.
Distribution of KI will take place at the Gaston County Environmental Health Department, 991 W. Hudson Blvd. in Gastonia, NC. Business owners/employers are asked to contact the Environmental Health office regarding the number of employees by calling 704-853-5200. This will allow time to package the tablets ahead of time.
Employers who have called in advance, or for those living within the 10-mile EPZ may pick-up KI at the Gaston County Environmental Health Department office at 991 W. Hudson Blvd. in Gastonia, Monday-Friday from 8 a.m.- 5 p.m.
Individuals living within the 10-mile EPZ of the McGuire Nuclear Power Plant in Iredell County are eligible for two (2), 130 mg doses per person living in their home. Residents of Iredell County may pick-up KI at either of the Iredell County Health Department locations, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. at:
- 318 Turnersburg Highway, Statesville
- 610 East Center Avenue, Mooresville
Employers in Iredell County within the 10-mile EPZ of the McGuire Nuclear Power Plant may arrange to pick-up potassium iodide for their employees. A request by fax (704-871-3474) on company letterhead must be sent to the Statesville office of the Iredell County Health Department at least five working days prior to the expected pick up date. The request must contain the number of employees on site during the largest shift and the name(s) of company representative(s) who will have the authority to pick up the tablets. Worksites are eligible for one (1), 130 mg dose per person based on the number of employees on site during the largest shift.
If you have questions about KI in Iredell County, please call 704-761-2487.
Employers of commercial, industrial or retail businesses within the 10-mile EPZ interested in having the tablets available for their workforce should first call the Lincoln County Health Director's office at 704-736-8634 for information and registration, prior to making arrangements to pick-up their supply of KI.
Those living within the 10-mile EPZ's are encouraged to pick-up their household's allotment of potassium iodide during regular business hours at:
- The Lincoln County Health Department, 151 Sigmon Road, Lincolnton, NC 28092, 704-735-3001
- The Florence S. Shanklin Library, 7837 Fairfield Forrest Road, Denver, NC 28037 704-483-3589
The following KI distribution sites are available for KI pick-up during regular business hours for Mecklenburg County residents living within the 10-mile EPZ of Catawba or McGuire Nuclear Power Plants. Mecklenburg residents living within the EPZs are eligible for two (2), 130 mg doses per person living in their home. Those interested are advised to call the distribution site prior to picking up KI.
Distribution to Residents
- Cornelius Police Department:
(704) 892-1363; 21440 Catawba Ave, Cornelius, NC 28031
- Huntersville Police Department:
(704) 464-5400; 9630 Julian Clark Avenue, Huntersville, NC 28078
- Pineville Police Department:
(704) 889-7867; 427 Main Street, Pineville, NC 28134
Distribution to Residents, Workplaces, and Daycares
Mecklenburg County Health Department (Northwest) – (704) 336-6400; 2845 Beatties Ford Road, Charlotte, NC 28216
Mecklenburg County employers and daycares within either 10-mile EPZ may pick-up potassium iodide (KI) at the northwest campus of the Mecklenburg County Health Department. Employers are requested to call the Health Department to make arrangements to pick up their KI so that staff will have time to fill orders. A company representative must present a request for KI in writing on their company letterhead, the letter stating the number of employees on the premises during the largest shift. Worksites are eligible for one (1), 130 mg dose per person based on that number of employees.
Duke Energy Information Packets (PIO Locations)
- McGuire Nuclear Power Station – Energy Explorium - 1-800-777-0003
- Catawba Nuclear Power Station – Energy Quest – 1-800-777-0006
Due to the unique challenges of evacuating institutionalized populations (such as those in hospitals, jails, assisted living centers, rest homes, nursing homes, and group homes, employers at these institutions within the 10-mile EPZ are encouraged to call their Health Department for details on potassium iodide distribution.