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Chemical and Radiological Agents of Opportunity for Terrorism

Toxic Industrial Chemicals (TICs), Toxic Industrial Materials (TIMs) & Toxic Radiological Materials (TRMs)

Event Details

Virtual Course Live & On-Demand

February 22-23, 2021

Cost: FREE

Click here to download the Course Flyer (PDF)


The Chemical and Radiological Agents of Opportunity for Terrorism consists of two, one-day courses, each with its own registration link.

You may attend one day or both days. You may also register to watch either day on-demand, within one month after the event.

Register here: Day 1 | Radiological Emergency Medical Management 

Register here: Day 2 | Chemical Agents of Opportunity for Terrorism


In recent years, there has been growing concern that many of the most likely terrorist threats will involve “agents of opportunity” or materials that are readily available in most communities around the country.

The American College of Medical Toxicology (ACMT) and the Radiation Emergency Assistance Center/Training Site (REAC/TS) in partnership with the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region IX Emergency Response and County of San Diego Hazardous Incident Response Team are pleased to offer this course on emergency medical response to exposures from radioactive materials and toxic chemicals. The Office of Emergency Management, within the Agency for Toxic Substances & Disease Registry (ATSDR) and the National Center for Environmental Health (NCEH) at the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), supported the development of this unique course to familiarize health care providers and responders with toxic exposures. The course will review the medical and psychological consequences of exposures to a variety of chemical and radiological materials. It will include practical information regarding scene safety for such agents as high potency fentanyl analogs, inhaled irritants, and proper decontamination of a victim contaminated with radiological material.

Target Audience

The information presented will be of interest to state & local first responders, EMTs, paramedics, emergency nurses, emergency physicians, pharmacists, emergency response coordinators, public health officials, public health professionals, industrial hygienists and others involved with chemical terrorism preparedness and response.

Course Objectives 

  • Describe the types of radiation and radiation scenarios
  • Discuss Acute Radiation Syndrome (ARS)
  • Describe the emergency care of patients contaminated with radioactive material
  • Describe cutaneous radiation syndrome assessment and care
  • List resources available to address radiation accidents
  • Discuss the roles and responsibilities of emergency physicians and nurses and prehospital personnel during a radiation accident affecting a large population
  • Recognize the common health effects (toxidromes) caused by chemical exposures
  • Discuss safe and effective management strategies for chemical poison exposures
  • Identify resources that can assist in the initial recognition and management of a chemical public health emergency
  • Recognize the interdisciplinary role of pre-hospital and hospital providers, public health and pharmacy in responding to a chemical event
  • Tailor activities by identifying clinical characteristics of the pharmacy practice and community and learning about diseases associated with the service population and community

Agenda Summary

Day 1 | February 22, 2021 | Radiological Emergency Medical Management (REGISTER HERE!)

7:45am (PST) - 7:50am (PST)          Log-In Open
7:50am (PST) - 8:00am (PST)          Opening Remarks 
8:00am (PST) - 9:00am (PST)          Practical Radiation Physics & Radiation Protection
9:00am (PST) - 10:00am (PST)        Acute Radiation Syndrome (ARS)
10:00am (PST) - 10:10am (PST)      Break
10:10am (PST) - 11:00am (PST)      Radiation Protection, Contamination Control & Instrumentation 
11:00am (PST) - 12:00pm (PST)      Cutaneous Radiation Injuries  
12:00pm (PST) - 1:00pm (PST)        Lunch
1:00pm (PST) - 1:50pm (PST)          Radiation Emergencies for Healthcare Providers
1:50pm (PST) - 2:40pm (PST)          Common Radiation Sources
2:40pm (PST) - 2:50pm (PST)          Break
2:50pm (PST) - 3:40pm (PST)          Management of Internal Contamination
3:40pm (PST) - 4:30pm (PST)          Donning/Doffing and Decontamination
4:30pm (PST) - 4:40pm (PST)          Closing Remarks & Adjourn

Day 2 | February 23, 2021 | Chemical Agents of Opportunity for Terrorism (REGISTER HERE!)

7:45am (PST) - 7:50am (PST)          Log-In Open
7:50am (PST) - 8:00am (PST)          Opening Remarks 
8:00am (PST) - 8:40am (PST)          Toxic Disasters: Beyond Conventional Chemical Weapons
8:40am (PST) - 9:00am (PST)          Chemical Explosions
9:00am (PST) - 9:40am (PST)          Toxic Gases as Threats
9:40am (PST) - 9:50am (PST)          Break 
9:50am (PST) - 10:30am (PST)        Why are Cyanide & Fumigants So Worrisome  
10:30am (PST) - 11:10am (PST)      Food, Water & Medication as Vehicles for Toxic Threats 
11:10am (PST) - 12:00pm (PST)      Clinical Neurotoxicology of Chemical Threats  
12:00pm (PST) - 1:00pm (PST)        Lunch
1:00pm (PST) - 1:40pm (PST)          Delayed Toxic Syndromes
1:40pm (PST) - 2:20pm (PST)          The Psychological Impact of Mass Exposures
2:20pm (PST) - 2:30pm (PST)          Break
2:30pm (PST) - 3:10pm (PST)          After Event Population Monitoring: Pros & Cons
3:10pm (PST) - 4:10pm (PST)          Scenario-Based Discussion
4:10pm (PST) - 4:20pm (PST)          Closing Remarks


REAC/TS Faculty

  • Carol J. Iddins, MD, FAADM, Director, Radiation Emergency Assistance Center/Training Site (REAC/TS)
  • Jason Davis, PhD CHP, Health Physics Project Manager, Radiation Emergency Assistance Center/Training Site (REAC/TS)
  • Angie Bowen, MPS RN NRP-IC, Nurse/Paramedic, Radiation Emergency Assistance Center/Training Site (REAC/TS)

ACMT Faculty

  • Ziad Kazzi, MD, FACMT, FAAEM – Associate Professor, Emory University School of Medicine
  • Charles McKay, MD, FACMT - Associate Clinical Professor, University of Connecticut/Past President, ACMT
  • Paul Wax, MD, FACMT – Adjunct Professor, UT Southwestern/Executive Director, ACMT

Instructions for Obtaining Continuing Education (CE)

In order to receive continuing education (CE), please visit TCEO ( and follow the 9 Simple Steps (

You must do this for EACH DAY that you attended. You have 30 days to complete the requirements if you want CE for the live course. Enduring CE will be available beginning March 23, 2021 (Radiological Emergency Medical Management) and March 30, 2021 (Chemical Agents of Opportunity for Terrorism) until March 2023.

FEES: There are no fees for CE.

CE for LIVE Event

FEBRUARY 22, 2021
Radiation Emergency Medical Management WC4382-022221
FEBRUARY 23, 2021
Chemical Agents of Opportunity for Terrorism WC4383-022321
The 02/22/21 course access code is: acmt1 The 02/23/21 course access code is: acmt1
Complete the Evaluation at:
Pass the posttest at: 70%
Deadline: 03/22/21
Complete the Evaluation at:
Pass the posttest at: 70%
Deadline: 03/29/21

CE for ENDURING On-Demand Recording

Radiation Emergency Medical Management
On-Demand Recording
Chemical Agents of Opportunity for Terrorism
On-Demand Recording
Complete the Evaluation at:
Pass the posttest at: 70%
Available: 03/23/21 - 03/23/23
Complete the Evaluation at:
Pass the posttest at: 70%
Available 03/30/21 - 03/30/23 


CE Accreditation





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