Oswego residents urged to be prepared for emergencies
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OSWEGO, N.Y. -- Oswego County officials are reminding residents about medicine they're handing out that could be life saving in the event of a nuclear emergency.
The potassium iodide pills, also known as KI are available for all residents living within ten miles of Nine Mile and the FitzPatrick nuclear plants. That ten mile radius includes all of the City of Oswego.
Tuesday, more than 100 residents picked up the pills at the Oswego County Health Department, but the medicine can also be obtained any day at that location, or at the emergency management office in Fulton.
"The pills specifically target the thyroid, protect the thyroid from radioactive iodide that might be released in a nuclear power plant emergency. It's one of the elements that could be released,” said Terry Bennett, Oswego County Emergency Services Program Coordinator.
The KI pills should only be taken in the event of a release of radioactive materials, after county officials had given the order to do so.
Experts also recommend families keep three days worth of food and water for each person in the event of any emergency situation.