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This presentation will provide an overview of Red Cross strategies for reducing responder risk spanning the continuum of pre-deployment to post-deployment. The psychological literature describing the danger of compassion fatigue, burnout and secondary traumatization in disaster response is extensive. Volunteers in all areas, from phone operators to first responders, face unexpected stressors which can lead to brief periods of distress or, at worst, longlasting negative psychologicaldoi:10.1017/s1049023x13000253 fatcat:nqeszmnxabgchiq2yq2qtmmo2q