- Associated Press - Sunday, March 2, 2014

WATERFORD, Conn. (AP) - Connecticut is about to receive about 1.3 million potassium iodide pills to be distributed to towns in a 10-mile emergency planning zone around Millstone Power Station in Waterford.

The pills protect against radiation in a severe nuclear plant accident.

The Day of New London reports (http://bit.ly/NjDCQj ) that a survey showed that one in seven households had lost track of their supplies of potassium iodide pills, also known as KI, and nearly half reported having an insufficient amount for all household members.

Three-quarters said they did not know where to go in their town for more pills.


The last distribution was four years ago.

Ledge Light Health District did the survey in East Lyme, Groton, Ledyard, New London, Old Lyme and Waterford with a total population of about 127,000. Epidemiologist Russell Melmed, says residents feel prepared for disasters.

“One of the findings was that people overall feel pretty prepared for disasters, and that’s good,” Melmed said.

The survey also showed that about one-quarter of local residents would go to a municipal shelter if told to evacuate during a severe storm or other emergency.

“From our perspective, the most alarming finding from this survey is that after a major event, we wouldn’t have enough shelter capacity,” Melmed said.

None of the local officials agreed with the report’s conclusion that the region’s shelter capacity is inadequate. For example, Joe Sastre, emergency management director in Groton, said the local high school can house up to 1,500 people. Additional schools and the senior center also could be used as shelters if needed.

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Information from: The Day, http://www.theday.com