Switzerland Providing Citizens With Iodine Amid Nuclear Disaster Fears

Swiss citizens may find something unusual in their mailboxes shortly as Switzerland gears for a domestic nuclear disaster.

Switzerland recently announced it would mail iodine tablets to millions of its citizens, according to Swissinfo.

The pill will be distributed to those living within 31 miles of one of the country’s three nuclear power plants, totaling approximately 4 million people, as reported by the Gateway Pundit. Those who do receive iodine in the mail may receive surpluses of the pill in case there is someone with them who needs one.

Iodine is used to treat skin or bacterial infections and would presumably be used in the case of skin infections should a nuclear disaster occur in the Land of the Mountains. The pill is also designed to reduce the risk of thyroid cancer caused by radiation.

Swiss officials said iodine is effective for individuals less than 45 years old and can protect children as young as two months old.

In 2014, Switzerland sent about 4.6 million potassium iodide tablets, as reported by SwissInfo. Considering it’s been close to 10 years, the pills are now expiring.

Switzerland’s government has purchased over 12 million packets of iodine, which could cover the entire population of the country, according to the Gateway Pundit. By 2024, Swiss businesses and schools will be provided with the pill.

Swiss officials have cautioned residents not to take the iodine tablets unless instructed by officials from the National Emergency Operations in case of an emergency. Given the fact that the iodide pills sent 10 years ago are expiring, Switzerland plans to recycle them and replace them with iodine.

Nuclear power in Switzerland comes from three of the country’s nuclear power plants. About 40% of Swiss electricity production comes in the form of nuclear power since 1985, according to the World Nuclear Association. In June 2011, Switzerland’s government expressed its intent to phase out nuclear power entirely.

As Switzerland readies itself for a nuclear disaster, it should be noted that this is not the first time the Land of the Mountains has suffered from a nuclear meltdown.

On Jan. 21, 1969, a pressure turb burst at one of Switzerland’s nuclear power plants, creating a massive explosion that was later registered a severity of five out of a possible seven, according to Swissinfo.