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Emergency Response Handbook for Chemical and Biological Agents and Weapons

2nd Edition

By John R. Cashman

CRC Press

528 pages | 3 B/W Illus.

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Updated to reflect the numerous advances that have evolved since the September 11 terrorist attacks, Emergency Response Handbook for Chemical and Biological Agents and Weapons, Second Edition maintains its reputation as a comprehensive training manual for emergency responders to incidents involving nuclear, biological, and chemical materials.

Features more than 70% new and updated material!

This second edition presents in-depth coverage of actual response techniques and new approaches for coping with critical situations caused by criminal activity, industrial accidents, or even mini-epidemics. Augmenting its coverage of field first aid for response personnel, this edition contains up-to-date tools such as checklists and streamlined procedures for on-scene coordination. It incorporates the latest detection devices, cost/recovery and hazard analyses, diagnostic methods, pretreatments, vaccines, decontamination techniques, antidotes, and medical treatments available.

Includes a new perspective on the progress and projected developments for military protocols and procedures

Emergency Response Handbook for Chemical and Biological Agents and Weapons, Second Edition can be used as an independent reference or in training courses for emergency responders, government agencies, hospitals, and commercial sectors handling chemical spills, biological threats, or radiation hazards.


". . . easy to read with clearly defined sections and sub-headings . . . an extremely useful book and source of reference, especially for practitioners and instructors."

– Alan King, CBRN(E) Coordinator, Metropolitan Police Service, in CBRNe World, Winter 2008

Table of Contents

January 6, 2005: A Gas Attack on Home Ground

The Massacre at Columbine High School

Guide to Chemical and Biological Agent Response

Introduction to Biological Agents and Toxins

Guides for Emergency Response: Biological Agent or Weapons




Glanders (includes Melioidosis)


Q Fever


Staphylococcal Enterotoxin (SEB)

Smallpox (Variola) 171



Viral Encephalitus

Viral Hemorrhagic Fevers (VHFs)

Guides for Emergency Response: Chemical Agents and Weapons

Arsenical Vesicants including Ethyldichloroarsine (ED) Methyldichloroarsine (MD) Phenyldichloroarsine (PD)


Cyanogen Chloride (CK)

Diphosgene & Phosgene

Distilled Mustard (H, HD)

Blood Agent Hydrogen Cyanide (AC): Blood Agent

Blister Agent Lewisite (L) and Blister Agent Mustard-Lewisite Mixture (HL)

Nerve Agent GF (GF)

Nerve Agent Sarin (GB)

Nerve Agent Soman (GD)

Nerve Agent Tabun (GA)

Nerve Agent VX (VX)

Agent Nitrogen Mustard (HN-1), Nitrogen Mustard (HN-2), and Nitrogen Mustard (HN-3)


Quick Guide to Agents, Drugs, Equipment, Gear, Programs, and Terminology


Lethal Nerve Agent (VX)

International Chemical Safety Cards

Frequently Asked Questions about Smallpox


Recognition of Illness Associated with the Intentional Release of a Biologic Agent

Antimicrobial Prophylaxis to Prevent Anthrax Among Decontamination/Cleanup Workers Responding to an Intentional Distribution of Bacillus anthracis




Key Facts about Tularemia

Facts about Pneumonic Plague

Botulism Facts for Health Care Providers

Fact Sheet: Anthrax Information for Health Care Providers

Material Safety Data Sheet—Lethal Nerve Agent Sarin (GB)

Material Safety Data Sheet—Lethal Nerve Agents Sulfur Mustards (HD and THD)

Material Safety Data Sheet—Lethal Nerve Agents Soman (GD and Thickened GD)

Material Safety Data Sheet —Lethal Nerve Agent Tabun (GA)

Agent T

Decontaminating Agent, DS2

NATO Handbook on Medical Aspects of NBC Defensive Operations AMedP-6(B)



Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HOUSE & HOME / Security
SCIENCE / Chemistry / General
SCIENCE / Environmental Science