The American Red Cross has been invited to partner with the 9/11 Foundation to support the opening and related activities of the 9/11 Memorial Museum in New York City from May 15-21. Three volunteers from the Western New York/Finger Lakes Region will be deploying to assist in these efforts.
Marjorie Beldue of Spencerport, Peggy McGee-Smith of Kenmore and Ferris Todd of Canandaigua will be providing Disaster Mental Health support. Todd recently returned from serving in the Red Cross response to spring storms in Arkansas, her third deployment since September 2013. Beldue has also provided emotional support following several disasters, including the Boston Marathon bombings in April 2013, and McGee-Smith has responded to disasters including Hurricane Sandy and wildfires in Arizona
Event organizers anticipate that the extent and frequency of emotional difficulty for guests during the dedication and dedication preview period may be greater than that of later, ongoing visits, and Red Cross Mental Health volunteers have been requested to staff all events surrounding the Museum opening. Volunteers will offer on-site counseling as well as on-call assistance. More information about the American Red Cross response to the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 can be found at http://www.redcross.org/911recovery/.