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Radiological and Chemical Agents of Opportunity for Terrorism

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

Event Details

All Virtual Course | New Orleans, LA

November 9-10, 2020

Cost: FREE


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 Radiation Emergency Assistance Center/Training Site (REAC/TS) and the American College of Medical Toxicology (ACMT) are pleased to offer this course on emergency medical response to exposures from radioactive materials and toxic chemicals. The Office of Environmental Health Emergencies, within the National Center for Environmental Health/Agency for Toxic Substances & Disease Registry (NCEH/ATSDR) at the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), supported independent development of a one-day course in Radiation Emergency Medical Management (REM) by REAC/TS and a one-day Agents of Opportunity (AoO) course by the ACMT. Each is designed to familiarize first line responders to toxic exposures with a variety of toxic syndromes. We have combined these into a two-day course for a complete understanding of Agents of Opportunity. The course will review the medical and psychological consequences of exposures to a variety of 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 radiologic material.

Target Audience

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

Course Objectives 

  • Understand the concept of chemical and radiological agents of opportunity (AoO) –TICs, TIMs and TRMs
  • Identify possible terrorist use of AoO
  • Discuss past mass exposure to AoO
  • Describe the major health effects of TICs, TIMs and TRMs and other important non-volatile chemical agents
  • Identify primary treatment modalities for victims
  • Appreciate the basis for increased public health preparedness for these agents
  • Understand the psychological impact of mass casualties from such exposures
  • Understand the implementation of “first receiver” OSHA guidance

Agenda Summary

Day 1 | Radiological Emergency Medical Management

7:00 – 7:45am          Sign-In
7:45 – 8:00am          Pre-test/Overview of the AoO Course
8:00 – 8:50am          Basic Ionizing Radiation Physics & Radiation Protection
9:00 – 9:50am          Acute Radiation Syndrome (ARS)
10:00 – 10:50am      Radiation Protection, Contamination Control & Instrumentation
11:00 – 12:00pm      Acute Local Radiation Injury (LRI)
12:00 – 1:00pm        Lunch
1:00 – 1:50pm          Radiation Emergency Area Protocol
2:00 – 2:50pm          Radiation Sources & Terrorist Scenarios
3:00 – 3:50pm          Management of Internal Contamination with Radioactive Materials
4:00 – 5:00pm          Dressing Out & Decontamination
5:00 – 5:15pm          Post-test/Adjourn

Day 2 | Chemical Agents of Opportunity for Terrorism

7:00 -7:45am            Sign-In
7:45 – 8:00am          Review of Day 1/Pre-test and overview of Day 2
8:00 – 8:40am          Toxic Warfare: Beyond Conventional Chemical Weapons
8:50 – 9:30am          Toxic Gases as Terrorist Threats
9:50 – 10:30am        Why are Cyanide & Fumigants So Worrisome
10:40  – 11:20am     Food, Water & Medication as Vehicles for Toxic Terrorism
11:30 – 12:20pm      Clinical Neurotoxicology of Chemical Terrorism
12:20 – 1:20pm        Lunch
1:20 – 2:00pm          Terrorism by Fear & Uncertainly: Delayed Toxic Syndromes
2:10 – 2:50pm          The Psychological Impact of Mass Exposures
3:00 – 3:50pm          After Event Medical Monitoring: Pros & Cons
4:00 - 4:50pm          Scenario–based Discussion
4:50 – 5:00pm          Post-test
5:00 – 5:15pm          Course Close Out, Q&A, Adjourn


REAC/TS Faculty

  • Carol J. Iddins, Carol J. Iddins, MD, FAADM, REAC/TS Director
  • Jason Davis, PhD CHP, REAC/TS Health Physics Project Manager
  • Angie Bowen, MPS RN NRP-IC, REAC/TS Nurse / Paramedic

ACMT Faculty

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

Continuing Education

Continuing education for this activity is pending. See final announcement for details.


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