The Community Emergency Management Coordinator for Kincardine maintains a call-down list for all households (approximately 35-40) within a three kilometre radius of the site perimeter in case action, such as sheltering or evacuation, is necessary.
The area is also served by warning sirens and people in this zone are provided handouts on the required response and reminded of those actions each year. In 2015, Bruce Power, in partnership with the Grey Bruce Health Unit and regional municipalities, made Potassium Iodide (KI) tablets available to all residents, schools and businesses within a 50 kilometre radius of Bruce Power. Those within a 10 km radius received the tablets, while those further from the facility received coupons and information on KI.
KI has always been available to residents free of charge. This initiative, advocated by the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC), will replace the current practice of having the tablets stored at one central location at the Municipal Reception Evacuation Centre in Kincardine.
Potassium Iodide, when taken as instructed, blocks the thyroid from radioactive iodine in the unlikely event of a radiation release.
For all residents, schools and businesses within a 50 km radius to Bruce Power, distribution pick-up points have been made available for you to pick up tablets should you choose. Visit http://www.bepreparedgreybrucehuron.com/nuclear/ki-tablets/ for pick-up locations. To learn more about how to prepare for an emergency – of any type – visit www.bepreparedgreybrucehuron.com.