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TRUDI-ANN LAWRENCE: It's 7:43 and I am interviewing AB on March 5, 2013. My name is Trudi and we're at the library [Nancy Thompson Library at Kean University]. Okay. For starters, how are you?

ABED RASHEED: I'm good. How are you?

TRUDI-ANN LAWRENCE: I'm good, not too bad. How old are you?

ABED RASHEED: I'm twenty-seven years old.

TRUDI-ANN LAWRENCE: Twenty-seven. Do you own a home?

ABED RASHEED: I do not own a home, I live with my parents presently.

TRUDI-ANN LAWRENCE: Okay, and how long have you lived at the house?

ABED RASHEED: I've lived at the house, all together, about thirteen years, and I left the house for about four.

TRUDI-ANN LAWRENCE: Okay. How many—can you tell me about your house? How big it is?

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ABED RASHEED: It's a colonial house. It has four bedrooms, finished basement. When I lived there the first time around, before I moved out, it was me, my brother, my three sisters, my father, and my mother. In between there, I moved out for four years and came back. In 2010 when I moved out—my sister got married and my brother moved to Florida, so right now it's just me, my two sisters, and my father and my mother.

TRUDI-ANN LAWRENCE: And what town do you live in?

ABED RASHEED: I lived in Union, New Jersey. Union Township.

TRUDI-ANN LAWRENCE: Is there a specific reason that your family chose to live in the house that they—in the town?

ABED RASHEED: We were living in Irvington before that and before Irvington, we were living in Newark. We were basically going from border to border, it seemed like.

TRUDI-ANN LAWRENCE: Okay.

AB: As the family got bigger, the house had to get bigger.

TRUDI-ANN LAWRENCE: Okay, you've given me a brief history about your family. Is 2:00there anything else you want to tell me about them?

ABED RASHEED: I have a brand new nephew. My sister who got married, had a boy, obviously, and he's the first nephew—first grandchild. So, he's been bringing life to the house lately, where it's been kind of gray lately.

TRUDI-ANN LAWRENCE: So AB, what is your occupation? What do you do?

ABED RASHEED: I'm a full time student. I have sixteen credits right now. I'm an English-options major and I work as a server at TGI Fridays in Linden.

TRUDI-ANN LAWRENCE: Okay, in Linden. And how long have you been working at Fridays?

ABED RASHEED: For the company? For about four years.

TRUDI-ANN LAWRENCE: Okay. Do you know any information concerning your home in terms of how much it cost?

ABED RASHEED: When my father first bought the house in 1997, it was about 3:00$223,000. The last time he got the value check I think it was around $350,000.

TRUDI-ANN LAWRENCE: Okay, and would you say—what part of the economics would you say? Are you a middle stander?

ABED RASHEED: We're definitely in the middle.

TRUDI-ANN LAWRENCE: Okay, what do you like about living in New Jersey?

ABED RASHEED: I love that I am twenty minutes away from Manhattan. I love that we have our own Six Flags. I love that we had a great boardwalk and shore, at one point. I love Atlantic City. I love how sometimes it feels like we're in our own country.

TRUDI-ANN LAWRENCE: What attracts you to the area?

ABED RASHEED: Which area? Union?

TRUDI-ANN LAWRENCE: Yeah.

ABED RASHEED: It’s a quiet town. There's not really too much going on.

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TRUDI-ANN LAWRENCE: Okay. Where do you hang out? Well, you said you liked Atlantic City, so—

ABED RASHEED: I mean, when I have time, I like to go down to Atlantic City. When I actually have time to hang out, I hang out with my friends from high school. We're still friends. It's been ten years after high school. We usually hang out at one guy’s house. We usually hang out on Sundays because everybody has off. During football season, that's our definite go-to spot. During the off-season, it varies. Like, right now we're in off-season, so we randomly go to other people’s houses or we meet up at bars or restaurants.

TRUDI-ANN LAWRENCE: Okay. Do you like the shore at all?

ABED RASHEED: Oh, I love the beach. I love that—

TRUDI-ANN LAWRENCE: Any particular beach that you like?

ABED RASHEED: It depends on what I’m doing. If I want to just go and lay out, 5:00I go somewhere real close, maybe like Sandy Hook, but if I want to hit the boardwalk or actually hit the bars, things like that, you know, Point Pleasant [Beach], Belmar, Tiki Bar, things like that. I only go to Seaside [Heights] if I go with my younger siblings, because they want to go. I gave up on Seaside [Heights] in high school.

TRUDI-ANN LAWRENCE: (laughs] What do you think about Jersey Shore, the show? Do you think it's a reflection? Do you think it's a negative?

ABED RASHEED: I think it's an abomination. It should have died out after season one, and it's terrible because whenever I go to other states, that's what we're known as—the Jersey Shore state—when half the cast is from like New York.

TRUDI-ANN LAWRENCE: How involved are you in your community, would you say?

ABED RASHEED: When I was younger, I was definitely was more involved. I used to go to a lot of high school events such as the football games and the wrestling 6:00matches, because I used to play football and wrestle for Union. Especially when my younger cousins and siblings, they did something, I would go and support, or do something for a fundraiser or sell tickets, things of that sort. Lately, I haven't really been doing much.

TRUDI-ANN LAWRENCE: Oh, okay. What would you say about the community as a whole in terms of schools, the crime, the economics, the reputations? Are there any nicknames for Union?

ABED RASHEED: Well, Union borders a lot of towns that do have bad reputations but overall, I want to say that the actual town atmosphere is pretty fair. The cops aren't as terrible as any other town. There's not much crime. I mean, 7:00things happen, but it's not like it's an epidemic.

TRUDI-ANN LAWRENCE: Okay. We're going to take a little shift and we're going to actually begin to talk about Superstorm Sandy. When did you first recall hearing about the storm?

ABED RASHEED: Two days before it actually happened.

TRUDI-ANN LAWRENCE: Okay, and what exactly were your thoughts?

ABED RASHEED: I thought nothing of it. I thought it was just going to be a big rainstorm and that's it.

TRUDI-ANN LAWRENCE: So there was no expectations for the storm, just a lot of rain?

ABED RASHEED: Absolutely not.

TRUDI-ANN LAWRENCE: Did you prepare at all?

ABED RASHEED: I didn't personally. My parents did. They prepared by canned foods, water, candles, matches. Lots of water. Lots and lots of water. (laughs)

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TRUDI-ANN LAWRENCE: Did they tell you about—like, did they come home complaining about how long the lines were? How available were the supplies?

ABED RASHEED: Well, my father complains about the sky being blue, so yes, there was definitely a lot of complaining about the long lines at the stores, the gas lines at the pump. Just, it was a problem at every corner and I felt like we were overdoing it when everybody was doing the right thing.

TRUDI-ANN LAWRENCE: Did your area receive an evacuation?

ABED RASHEED: No.

TRUDI-ANN LAWRENCE: Do you feel as though the newscast, they were—you know, your townspeople, did enough and gave you an inadequate warning about the storm?

ABED RASHEED: They told us to stay indoors and to basically do not travel. Stay 9:00indoors, do not travel and, yeah, that's it, basically.

TRUDI-ANN LAWRENCE: And when the governor started to warn and saying it's a state of emergency, what did you think of that?

ABED RASHEED: I thought it was just great PR time for Chris Christie, and I felt like, I just wanted to—I feel like he likes hearing his own voice.

TRUDI-ANN LAWRENCE: Do you have any pets?

ABED RASHEED: No.

TRUDI-ANN LAWRENCE: Do you have a vehicle?

ABED RASHEED: Yes.

TRUDI-ANN LAWRENCE: Did you make any preparations for your vehicle, like moving it to another side so it doesn't get hit by a tree?

ABED RASHEED: There are three cars in my household. It’s my car, my parents’ car —they share a car —and my sisters car. and we basically just, we kept all our cars within the driveway. Our driveway can fit four cars and it was all together, not on the street.

TRUDI-ANN LAWRENCE: The question slipped my mind. Oh, is your area 10:00accident—flood prone? Do you have an area that's known to be?

ABED RASHEED: I mean, down the street from my house there's a swamp and a huge park and in really bad rain storms, sometimes the swamp will get overfilled, but it would never come to our house.

TRUDI-ANN LAWRENCE: Okay. So, let's fast-forward a little bit. Take me to the day of the storm. Where were you? When was the first sign of the actual storm happening or taking place?

ABED RASHEED: Okay. It was a Monday, I remember that. I had court that day and I received a phone call. It was an automated message stating that I didn't have to go to court that day because of the storm. It's funny, I got the ticket on 9/11, 11:00going to pick up my sister from school, and that day I woke up early to take my sister to school, just to find out that her school is canceled and my classes were canceled, and I looked outside and it was really, really gray and windy and that's when it hit me that this was going to be something for real.

TRUDI-ANN LAWRENCE: Okay, so, you were told about your classes—

ABED RASHEED: And court.

TRUDI-ANN LAWRENCE: —and court. So, there were gray skies. When did rain actually start to fall? Thunder? Lightening?

ABED RASHEED: Rain, thunder, everything started, I want to say, at the beginning of the night. like when the sun set. The power went out, I would say, the middle 12:00of the night, like around nine or ten o'clock for me—

TRUDI-ANN LAWRENCE: Okay, that leads to my next question.

AB: —and it was just, it was just a lot of banging, a lot of noise, a lot of trees coming down on my street, a lot of power lines down, just noises throughout the whole night. And my parents were afraid of sleeping upstairs, just in case something went through the window, so they all huddled in the dining room, the family room. I was in the basement and the only thing I made sure at that point was I lined my windows with, basically, tape to make sure there's no leaking, nothing of that sort.

TRUDI-ANN LAWRENCE: Okay, so when the power went out, did your family do 13:00anything apart, or you guys just sat there?

ABED RASHEED: We sat there. We told stories. We tried to pass the time. We played a lot of Uno. A lot, a lot of Uno. My sisters were surprised that I knew how to play, thinking that it was a brand new game to them.

TRUDI-ANN LAWRENCE: Okay, and did you finally—did your household finally make it to sleep, or—?

ABED RASHEED: Eventually. Of course I was the last one to sleep, as usual.

TRUDI-ANN LAWRENCE: Okay. The day after the storm, when did it actually end? When did you realize it ended?

ABED RASHEED: Right before I fell asleep. It was like—

TRUDI-ANN LAWRENCE: And around what time was that?

ABED RASHEED: Around four or five in the morning.

TRUDI-ANN LAWRENCE: Around 4 a.m. or 5 a.m., it ended for you?

ABED RASHEED: Yeah.

TRUDI-ANN LAWRENCE: And the next day, who was one of the first people that you contacted?

ABED RASHEED: My fiancé. She lives in [Washington] DC. She barely got affected 14:00by the storm. Basically, what I thought would happen to us happened to her. They just got a lot of rain, some wind, nothing serious.

TRUDI-ANN LAWRENCE: When did you first go outside?

ABED RASHEED: I want to say around nine or ten o'clock in the morning. I barely got any sleep.

TRUDI-ANN LAWRENCE: What did you see when you went outside?

ABED RASHEED: My car got banged up by a branch that fell from my neighbor's tree. My neighbor's tree is huge. It's just—it looks like a giant red wood. It's an unnecessarily huge tree and its branches broke my sister’s windshield on her car, dented my car, my father's car got a couple scrapes. That's about it, really. We had a bench that was outside in front of the garage that was broken in half by the branch. That's it, really.

TRUDI-ANN LAWRENCE: Okay, did your home suffer any damages?

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ABED RASHEED: No.

TRUDI-ANN LAWRENCE: Okay. How about your community? What did it look like?

ABED RASHEED: It looked like a tornado ripped a couple things apart. Like, throughout my street there were power lines and, like I said before, trees down, things of that sort. But, like, around the corner from my house, I saw a tree uprooted, into a house. It was—devastation was everywhere.

TRUDI-ANN LAWRENCE: Did your cell phone work? I know that there was a lot of issues with cell phones—

ABED RASHEED: I had T-Mobile and I had somewhat of a service but it didn't work fully. I could send out text messages and make phone calls, but I couldn't really go on the Internet. While our power was out, we were basically charging our phones through our cars.

TRUDI-ANN LAWRENCE: So, the next day, how did you make do with the day-to-day 16:00necessities such as showering? Was that affected? Meal preparations?

ABED RASHEED: Basically we—my father is from Palestine and he came to this country in the ‘80s, and he said when he was a kid and went through this, they did things like—they used generators all the time and we didn't have one. So, we were forced to cook all our food. So, we cooked it over the grill. Everything was grilled. We had a propane grill in the back. So, no electricity, the stoves, the ovens weren't working, but we had fire. So we cooked everything over an open fire. Basically, when the food ran out, everybody basically started staying at family's house that did have power, that was close in the area.

TRUDI-ANN LAWRENCE: Where did you end up going?

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ABED RASHEED: The second day in, I was so bored and sick of being in the dark, I drove down to [Washington] DC and stayed with my fiancé. And I ended up—I had to come back that Friday night because there was power in Linden. Linden lost about two days of power. That's where my job is, and I had to go back to work. School was closed but I had to go back to work, so I spent two days in DC, just to go back to work, just to be in the dark when I wasn't at work.

TRUDI-ANN LAWRENCE: So, how long would you say, in total, the power outage was?

ABED RASHEED: Almost two weeks.

TRUDI-ANN LAWRENCE: In your area?

ABED RASHEED: Yeah.

TRUDI-ANN LAWRENCE: At your home?

ABED RASHEED: About eleven days. Twelve or eleven days.

TRUDI-ANN LAWRENCE: Wow. How soon after the storm did the stores open?

ABED RASHEED: There were a lot of stores open throughout the town. I mean, like the local Mom-and-Pop shops were closed but anything that was commercial was 18:00open. Like, 7-Eleven was open when I went to go by a car charger because I misplaced my other one beforehand.

TRUDI-ANN LAWRENCE: You mentioned driving down to DC. How was getting gas? How was that affected?

ABED RASHEED: I actually lucked out. I went to exit 8A, Jamesburg on the Turnpike. That exit was actually open. So, there was lights, I’d say, past exit 9.

TRUDI-ANN LAWRENCE: Apart from that, did you have a strong struggle with getting gas and being mobile?

ABED RASHEED: In my town, there was definitely a gas shortage. Every gas station basically was tapped out, but once you went outside of my area, like the parkway and the turnpike, those service stations, they definitely were the place to go 19:00to get gas.

TRUDI-ANN LAWRENCE: And how long did you have to wait?

ABED RASHEED: How long did I have to? Sorry what?

TRUDI-ANN LAWRENCE: Wait.

ABED RASHEED: About, I'd say a week.

TRUDI-ANN LAWRENCE: How long did you have to wait to get gas?

ABED RASHEED: Oh, when I was in Jamesburg, it was right away.

TRUDI-ANN LAWRENCE: Okay. And was mail service affected?

ABED RASHEED: Yes.

TRUDI-ANN LAWRENCE: It took awhile for mail to arrive?

ABED RASHEED: Yeah, about a couple weeks.

TRUDI-ANN LAWRENCE: And trash services were affected? Or was it back to its normal schedule?

ABED RASHEED: I'd say there was about at least a week in between of an alternate scheduling.

TRUDI-ANN LAWRENCE: Did you have to clean up, apart from the tree being on your—?

ABED RASHEED: That's about it, just the branches that fell down in front of my house.

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TRUDI-ANN LAWRENCE: Okay, you mentioned your car being hit. So, that means you contacted an insurance company?

ABED RASHEED: Yes.

TRUDI-ANN LAWRENCE: And how was the response in the process of getting in contact with that insurance company?

ABED RASHEED: We're still actually waiting for it.

TRUDI-ANN LAWRENCE: Wow, okay. Did your town have any curfews and protocols that you have to adhere to? No worries about crime or looting?

ABED RASHEED: There was some crime and looting. I mean, nothing too serious. Like, the Footlocker on Morris Avenue in Union was completely wiped out. Other than that, that's the only real looting that I heard of.

TRUDI-ANN LAWRENCE: How did your community cope with the storm?

ABED RASHEED: They coped with the storm by setting up food drives and shelters 21:00and stuff like, by the fire station and the police station, the high school. They started a Sandy relief program. Things of that sort.

TRUDI-ANN LAWRENCE: Okay, and you felt safe within your town? You didn't have to worry about crime running rampant?

ABED RASHEED: No, not at all.

TRUDI-ANN LAWRENCE: The police were active and prompt and still—?

ABED RASHEED: They were present.

TRUDI-ANN LAWRENCE: Okay, and you said that there was relief coming from religious organizations?

ABED RASHEED: There were things held at the local church, synagogue, and mosque, actually, and, yeah, basically Sandy relief.

TRUDI-ANN LAWRENCE: Okay and how long was your school out?

ABED RASHEED: How long was I out? Kean was out for about a week, I'd say? Two weeks? Something like that.

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TRUDI-ANN LAWRENCE: Did you make any contributions to your community?

ABED RASHEED: As far as, not my whole community, but my block, basically. My neighbors. A couple of them needed—like I said, we had a lot of water. We were basically—every household had something they were responsible for. We were the water folk. There was someone else that was letting people charge their phones because they had generators. Other people had, like, enough generators to cook food. That was that household. We were, basically, we were all together on my street.

TRUDI-ANN LAWRENCE: Sweet. And your only lost that you would report or so would be your vehicle damage?

ABED RASHEED: Pretty much, yes.

TRUDI-ANN LAWRENCE: Okay. How do you feel about the response that the state received on a local level and on a governmental level?

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ABED RASHEED: I mean, I feel like they prepared for the towns hat really needed to prepare for, but everybody else like myself, who didn't take it seriously, we should have been taking it more seriously but they didn't—I felt like it was just, it was like Irene all over again. Like, it's going to be bad but it's not going to be that bad so whatever. It'll just pass through.

TRUDI-ANN LAWRENCE: Okay, and how do you feel about insurance companies responses and FEMA responses?

ABED RASHEED: Well, we didn't have to deal with FEMA, really, at all. As far as the insurance company responses, I know we're basically put on the back burner because we really didn't have any serious damage. It was all just car damage. 24:00Like, there are people that have houses destroyed or medical bills or things of that sort. They are obviously going to deal with the more serious situations and then work their way back to us.

TRUDI-ANN LAWRENCE: Do you think New Jersey as a whole prepared adequately?

ABED RASHEED: I think we did prepare adequately, but I feel as if there was no preparing for this at all. Like, for the people who even thought that it was going to be that bad, it was way worse than they expected.

TRUDI-ANN LAWRENCE: Is there anything that you think that could have been done differently, though?

ABED RASHEED: No. I think we prepared the best we could for the present moment, but I guarantee the next time a storm of this caliber comes through we will 25:00definitely be ready for it.

TRUDI-ANN LAWRENCE: What do you think about the media coverage and how the storm was portrayed within New Jersey? Was it—

ABED RASHEED: I felt—

TL:—I’m sorry, was it an accurate thing? Do you think it was for publicity? Sensationalized? What do you feel about it?

ABED RASHEED: Well, I think the media just took advantage of it the best they could. It was the hot story of the time. It was like when Katrina was going through New Orleans. It's just—It was the story at the time and I feel like, like Katrina, it came and it left. Everybody was over it, everybody but whoever was devastated is over it. So, the whole country, I feel like, kind of forgot about New Jersey.

TRUDI-ANN LAWRENCE: What do you think about the response received from our 26:00political leaders, such as Christie and Obama?

ABED RASHEED: I feel like, at that point, Obama was at the point where he needed something drastic to happen and for him to, basically, be put on the spot and show what he can do under pressure. So, he was in the middle—he was towards the end of his election and this happens. And it questioned his dedication and his leadership at that moment, even though he was on the brink of either winning or losing an electio. So, I think he did a good job. He came to basically gave out his support but, I feel like, just like the media, he was over it and he was done. As far as Christie, I thought he did a great job, basically the before, 27:00the during, and the after.

TRUDI-ANN LAWRENCE: Did your opinion about Chris Christie after?

ABED RASHEED: A little bit. Like, I still think he's a pompous jerk, but at least he's a pompous jerk that will stand for his state.

TRUDI-ANN LAWRENCE: What would you say about the response of—in comparison to Hurricane Katrina? Was it as rapid? Was it as productive as Katrina?

ABED RASHEED: Well, apparently we got hit worse than Hurricane Katrina and I feel like a lot of aid went to Katrina and we didn't get as much as they did. And we're definitely a more—What’s the word I’m looking for? We’re more economically fit than New Orleans. Especially this area, like the amount of tax 28:00money we produce, the amount of businesses, factories, things made in New Jersey. We are a whole lot more productive than most states, and we didn't get the relief that we should have.

TRUDI-ANN LAWRENCE: Okay. Would you say that it's due to a lack of preparation? Because in those states wouldn't you say that their hurricane-prone?

ABED RASHEED: I suppose yeah, it would be. Exactly, it was due to the lack of preparation. We weren’t prepared to be hit by a storm of that, yeah—of that magnitude.

TRUDI-ANN LAWRENCE: Okay.

ABED RASHEED: We had no chance.

TRUDI-ANN LAWRENCE: Has the storm shaped your environmental views and how you see the environment as a whole?

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ABED RASHEED: I mean, I will never think that a hurricane won't come through New Jersey ever again, because that happened once. Other than that, no, not really.

TRUDI-ANN LAWRENCE: Okay. Would you move? Would you take any other necessary precautions for your area?

ABED RASHEED: No, not for my area.

TRUDI-ANN LAWRENCE: Okay. We're going to move into the last stage. Would you say things have returned back to normal?

ABED RASHEED: For the most part, yeah. Everything really is back to normal, I mean, I still have the dents in my car, but that doesn't affect the driving. I am reminded everyday of it that I look at it because it's right over the driver seat door.

TRUDI-ANN LAWRENCE: Are there any changes to your daily life?

ABED RASHEED: No.

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TRUDI-ANN LAWRENCE: Changes to your outlook on the community and on the world as a whole?

ABED RASHEED: Not really, no.

TRUDI-ANN LAWRENCE: How do you think the storm impacted the election?

ABED RASHEED: I think it impacted the election in a number of ways. Like, a lot of people didn't have anywhere to vote. A lot of people based their vote on what the candidates were doing about the storm. For example, McCain was still—I'm sorry, not McCain. Romney was still on his campaign tour going from state to state fighting for his candidacy, while Obama came and came to our aid.

TRUDI-ANN LAWRENCE: Okay, and do you think it will affect the 2013 governor election?

ABED RASHEED: Oh, absolutely. I feel like Chris Christie basically has it in the 31:00bag right now because of his actions before, during, and after the storm.

TRUDI-ANN LAWRENCE: Is there anything that you would want to tell your children or your grandchildren about the storm? Is there any legacy?

ABED RASHEED: I mean, I'd tell them I lived through it and I could tell them that I wasn't prepared for it, but other than that, that's about it.

TRUDI-ANN LAWRENCE: If you wanted to give a message about the storm as a whole, what would it be?

ABED RASHEED: It was the storm that took away my childhood. That's how I would give it as a message. It took away all the beaches and the boardwalks I went to 32:00as a kid, as a teenager, as a young adult. My memories—that those boardwalks only live in my memories now. I can't take my future kids to that. So, that's about it as far as the message.

TRUDI-ANN LAWRENCE: And would you say, what would the legacy of the storm would be? What would you say it would be?

ABED RASHEED: The storm that rebuilt the boardwalks. That's the legacy I feel like that it leaves, because those boardwalks were falling apart, half of them at least.

TRUDI-ANN LAWRENCE: Okay. As we're coming to a close of our interview I just wanted to ask, is there anything that I missed and is there anything that you would like to say that I haven't asked you, or we haven't covered concerning Hurricane Sandy?

ABED RASHEED: It just put me in perspective to how dependent we are on 33:00electricity and a lot of other things and the things that I basically did to pass the time when I was bored. I never thought of playing so many types of board games, card games, the actual conversations that I was getting into. All that was done just because I wasn't distracted by electronics or media, and I feel like that won't happen again for a very, very long time.

TRUDI-ANN LAWRENCE: Okay. AB, thank you for your input on the storm. I'm ending this interview at 8:17.

0:00 - Interview introduction

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Partial Transcript:Its 7:43, I'm interviewing Abed on March 5, 2013. My name is Trudy ad we're at the library.

Segment Synopsis: An introduction to the interview with Abed Rasheed.

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0:20 - Background

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Partial Transcript:How are you?

Segment Synopsis: Rasheed talks about himself.

Keywords: Atlantic City; Basement; Boardwalks; Brother; Home; House; Middle class; New Jersey; Newark; Sister; Student; Union Township

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GPS: Kean University Library (Union,Nj.)
Map Coordinates: 40.680418, -74.234297

7:19 - Before the storm

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Partial Transcript:When did you first recall hearing about the storm?

Segment Synopsis: Rasheed talks about his thoughts upon first hearing about the storm and his first thoughts. He mentions the preparations that he made before the storm. Rasheed talks about the evacuations and the warnings that his town provided for the residents in Union.

Keywords: Adequate warning; Before the storm; Candles; Canned food; Car; Complaints; Evacuation; Evacuation warnings; Family; Father; Gas lines; Mandatory evacuation; Matches; Mother; Natural gas lines; Parents; Rainstorm; Sister; State of emergency; Stores; Storm; Warning; Water

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GPS: Abed Rasheed's home (Union Township, Nj.)
Map Coordinates: 40.697455, -74.262776

10:34 - The day of the storm

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Partial Transcript:Take me to the day of the storm, where were you?

Segment Synopsis: Abed Rasheed talks about the day of the storm.

Keywords: Basement; Dining room; Grey skies; Living room; Monday; Parents; Power; Power lines; Power outages; Rain; School; Sister; Sisters; Sleep; Storm; Trees fallen; Window; Windy

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GPS: Abed Rasheed's home (Union Township, Nj.)
Map Coordinates: 40.697455, -74.262776

13:36 - After the storm

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Partial Transcript:The day after the storm, when did you realize that it ended?

Segment Synopsis: Rasheed talks about what he saw the day after the storm. He also mentions the problems after the storm.

Keywords: 7-eleven; Branch; Car; Car damages; Cell phones; Church; Clean up; Community; Cook; Crime; Curfews; Damages; DC; Donating food; Fallen trees; Fiance; Fire; Food; Food drive; Garden state parkway; Generators; Home; Insurance companies; Jamesburg; Kean; Kean University; Linden; Linden, NJ; Looting; Mail service; New Jersey turnpike; No electricity; Outside; Parkway; Police; Power lines; Power outage; Power outages; Rain; Religious organizations; Safe; School; Schools; Showering; Sleep; Storm; T-Mobile; Trash; Tree; Trees Fallen; Turnpike; Washington, DC; Wind

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GPS: Union Township (Union Township, Nj.)
Map Coordinates: 40.697455, -74.262776

22:52 - Government response to the storm

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Partial Transcript:How do you feel about the response that the state received on a local level and on a governmental level?

Segment Synopsis: Rasheed mentions the preparations taken advance of the storm.

Keywords: 2012 election; Barack Obama; Chris Christie; Christie; Federal government; Government; Governor Christie; Houses; Hurricane Irene; Hurricane Katrina; Insurance; Insurance companies; Irene; Katrina; Lack of preparation; Local government; Media; Medical bills; Obama; Prepare; Prepared; Prepared adequately; President Obama; Social media

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GPS: Union Township (Union Township, Nj.)
Map Coordinates: 40.697455, -74.262776

28:56 - Conditions after the storm

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Partial Transcript:Has the storm shaped your environmental views in how you see the environment as a whole?

Segment Synopsis: Rasheed talks about how his views may have changed after the storm regarding the environment. He also mentions the conditions of the town and his lifestyle after the storm.

Keywords: 2013 election; Beach; Board games; Boardwalks; Car; Card games; Childhood; Children; Chris Christie; Christie; Community; Daily life; Damages; Election; Electricity; Environment; Governor Christie; Grandchildren; Legacy; Media; Message; Mitt Romney; Prepared; Romney; Social media; Storm; Vote

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GPS: Union Township (Union Township, Nj.)
Map Coordinates: 40.697455, -74.262776
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