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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

April 28-29, 2022

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 | Chemical Agents of Opportunity for Terrorism

Register here: Day 2 | Radiological Emergency Medical Management 


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 Office of Community Health and Hazard Assessment (OCHHA) in the Region 6 Office of the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) 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 

  • 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
  • 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

Agenda Summary

Click here to download the course agenda (PDF)

Day 1 | April 28, 2022 | Chemical Agents of Opportunity for Terrorism (REGISTER HERE!)

8:45am (CDT) - 8:50am (CDT)          Log-In Open
8:50am (CDT) - 9:00am (CDT)          Opening Remarks 
9:00am (CDT) - 9:40am (CDT)          Toxic Disasters: Beyond Conventional Chemical Weapons
9:40am (CDT) - 10:00am (CDT)        Chemical Explosions
10:00am (CDT) - 10:40am (CDT)      Toxic Gases as Threats
10:40am (CDT) - 10:50am (CDT)      Break 
10:50am (CDT) - 11:30am (CDT)      Why are Cyanide & Fumigants So Worrisome  
11:30am (CDT) - 12:10pm (CDT)      Food, Water & Medication as Vehicles for Toxic Threats 
12:10pm (CDT) - 1:00pm (CDT)        Clinical Neurotoxicology of Chemical Threats  
1:00pm (CDT) - 2:00pm (CDT)          Lunch
2:00pm (CDT) - 2:40pm (CDT)          Delayed Toxic Syndromes
2:40pm (CDT) - 3:20pm (CDT)          The Psychological Impact of Mass Exposures
3:20pm (CDT) - 3:30pm (CDT)          Break
3:30pm (CDT) - 4:10pm (CDT)          After Event Population Monitoring: Pros & Cons
4:10pm (CDT) - 5:10pm (CDT)          Scenario-Based Discussion: Where There Is Smoke, There May Be More Than Just Fire
5:10pm (CDT) - 5:20pm (CDT)          Closing Remarks

Day 2 | April 29, 2022 | Radiological Emergency Medical Management (REGISTER HERE!)

8:45am (CDT) - 8:50am (CDT)          Log-In Open
8:50am (CDT) - 9:00am (CDT)          Opening Remarks 
9:00am (CDT) - 10:00am (CDT)        Practical Radiation Physics & Radiation Protection
10:00am (CDT) - 11:00am (CDT)      Acute Radiation Syndrome (ARS)
11:00am (CDT) - 11:10am (CDT)      Break
11:10am (CDT) - 12:00pm (CDT)      Radiation Protection, Contamination Control & Instrumentation 
12:00pm (CDT) - 1:00pm (CDT)        Cutaneous Radiation Injuries  
1:00pm (CDT) - 2:00pm (CDT)          Lunch
2:00pm (CDT) - 2:50pm (CDT)          Radiation Emergencies for Healthcare Providers
2:50pm (CDT) - 3:40pm (CDT)          Common Radiation Sources
3:40pm (CDT) - 3:50pm (CDT)          Break
3:50pm (CDT) - 4:40pm (CDT)          Management of Internal Contamination
4:40pm (CDT) - 5:30pm (CDT)          Donning/Doffing and Decontamination
5:30pm (CDT) - 5:40pm (CDT)          Closing Remarks & Adjourn


REAC/TS Faculty


Carol J. Iddins, MD, FAADM
REAC/TS Director


John Crapo, MSc CHP
REAC/TS Health Physicist


Angie Bowen, MPS RN, NRP-IC
REAC/TS Nurse/Paramedic

ACMT Faculty


Charles McKay, MD, FACMT
Associate Clinical Professor, University of Connecticut
ACMT Past President


Paul Wax, MD, FACMT
Adjunct Professor, UT Southwestern
ACMT Executive Director


Aaron Frey, DO
Medical Toxicology Fellow, Clinical Emergency Medicine Instructor, University of Virginia


Sukhi Atti, MD
Assistant Professor, University of Alabama at Birmingham;
Associate Medical Director, Alabama Poison Information Center

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 for both Chemical Agents of Opportunity for Terrorism and Radiation Emergency Medical Management beginning May 31, 2022 until May 31, 2024.

FEES: There are no fees for CE.

CE for LIVE Event

APRIL 28, 2022
Chemical Agents of Opportunity for Terrorism WC4383-042822
APRIL 29, 2022
Radiation Emergency Medical Management WC4382-042922
The 04/28/22 course access code is: acmt2 The 04/29/22 course access code is: acmt1
Complete the Evaluation at:
Pass the posttest at: 70%
Deadline: 5/30/22
Complete the Evaluation at:
Pass the posttest at: 70%
Deadline: 05/30/22

CE for ENDURING On-Demand Recording

Chemical Agents of Opportunity for Terrorism
On-Demand Recording
Radiological Emergency Medical Management
On-Demand Recording
Complete the Evaluation at:
Pass the posttest at: 70%
Available: 5/31/22 - 5/31/24
Complete the Evaluation at:
Pass the posttest at: 70%
Available 5/31/22 - 5/31/24 


CE Accreditation




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