Local residents, employers, and lodging establishment owners:
As part of Vermont’s continuing emergency preparedness effort, we are again making available free potassium iodide (KI) to each person who lives or works in the towns of Brattleboro, Dummerston, Guilford, Halifax, Marlboro and Vernon.
One of the contaminants that could be released in a nuclear emergency is radioactive iodine, which can increase the risk for thyroid cancer. KI is a drug that, taken in an appropriate and timely dosage, can block exposure to radioactive iodine. KI should be taken only in such an emergency, and only at the direction of Health Department officials. There is no substitute for following emergency instructions such as evacuation.
Participation is voluntary. If you live or work in Brattleboro, Dummerston, Guilford, Halifax, Marlboro or Vernon, you may choose to receive a dose. If you are a parent or guardian, you may also receive a dose for each child in your family. KI is especially important for your child’s protection.
Businesses, lodging, schools and childcare facilities may receive doses for their onsite population. Please designate a contact person who will receive the KI, along with storage and distribution guidelines.
With this letter there is a KI application form and fact sheet. To receive your supply of KI, fill out the form completely, and return it in the enclosed envelope. Your KI will be mailed to you. If you choose, you may pick up your KI at the Health Department office in Brattleboro. Businesses may arrange for alternate delivery methods.
Public health nurses are available Monday through Friday to answer any questions you might have. Health Department office hours are 7:45 AM to 4:30 PM. Our telephone number is 802-257-2880. (To access this number via the Vermont Telecommunications Relay Service, dial 711 from anywhere in the state.) Interpreters are available upon request.
If you have expired KI, you may bring it to the Health Department’s Brattleboro Office for disposal or follow the disposal instructions on the enclosed fact sheet.
Prudence MacKinney, District Director
Brattleboro District Office, VT Dept of Health
232 Main Street, Suite 3
Brattleboro, VT 05301