Memo Of The Week
by Mark Scaramella, March 17, 2011
Public Concern over Fallout Related to Nuclear Power Plant in Japan
According to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), given the thousands of miles between the two countries, Hawaii, Alaska, the US Territories and the U.S West Coast are not “expected to experience any harmful levels of radioactivity.” However, in an effort to address any concerns that the public has about potential radiation exposure due to the recent Tsunami that hit Japan, we’d like the community to be aware that Mendocino County staff are continuing to receive up-to-date information.
In the event that radiation exposure is imminent, Public Health will declare a State of Emergency. In such an event we would work with the State Department of Public Health and local pharmacies to dispense Potassium/Iodide (KI). It’s been brought to our attention that people have or are attempting to stock up. It’s important to know more about Potassium/Iodide. For complete information about KI, go to www.bt.cdc.gov/disasters/tsunamis/
We are not advising that anyone take precautionary measures at this time as there may be contraindications for certain populations.
The California Department of Public Health has set up a public information hotline to answer questions related to this topic. Please call (916) 341-3947.
Contact: Craig McMillan, M.D., PHO, Mendocino County Health & Human Services. (707) 472-2777. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.