What is potassium iodide (KI) and do I need it?

Radioactive iodine may be released during a nuclear power plant accident. Potassium iodide (KI) is stable iodine that saturates the thyroid with non-radioactive iodine. Any radioactive iodine subsequently taken up by the body will not be absorbed by the thyroid and will be excreted. DOH may recommend KI for potentially affected populations.

In the event of an evacuation or radiological release, evacuees from affected sectors in the 10-mile EPZ (radius around Turkey Point) may receive KI from the Emergency Reception Center at the Key Largo School, 104801, Overseas Hwy, Key Largo, FL 33037, if FDOH recommends it. The FDOH keeps on hand enough KI for those who live within the 10-mile zone. 

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1. What is sheltering in place?
2. If asked to evacuate, where do I go?
3. Do I get my kids from school?
4. What is potassium iodide (KI) and do I need it?
5. Am I safe if I live in Key Largo/Tavernier/Islamorada/Key West?
6. Is it safe to eat and drink?
7. Where can I get more information?
8. What do the Emergency Classification Levels mean?
9. If asked to evacuate, can I bring my pet?