What happens during a radiation emergency?

During a radiation emergency from a nuclear power plant, radioactive materials may be released into the environment. Radioactive iodine is one of the many products that could be released. It can damage your thyroid gland (located in your neck) which includes inflammation of the thyroid, decreased activity of the thyroid (hypothyroidism), thyroid nodules (lumps), and thyroid cancer.

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1. What happens during a radiation emergency?
2. What is the best protective measure for the public and when would you need to take potassium iodide (KI)?
3. What is potassium iodide?
4. How much potassium iodide (KI) should I take?
5. How should I store potassium iodide (KI) tablets?
6. Is potassium iodide (KI) safe for everyone?
7. How can you obtain potassium iodide (KI) tablets?