´╗┐BRITTANY LE STRANGE: Today's date is March 5, 2013. This is Brittany Le Strange interviewing Alicia Hill in the Kean University library, on the third floor study room. Alicia, how old are you?

ALICIA HILL: I am twenty years old.

BRITTANY LE STRANGE: And where do you live?

ALICIA HILL: I live in Irvington, New Jersey.

BRITTANY LE STRANGE: How long have you lived there?

ALICIA HILL: I've lived there for about ten years.

BRITTANY LE STRANGE: Live there with your parents or--?

ALICIA HILL: With my mom.

BRITTANY LE STRANGE: Your mom? Is it a good neighborhood?

ALICIA HILL: No, it's urban, but my block is--my block is okay. Like, it's not as bad as everyone would think. My block is okay but you go around the corner, it's, like, dangerous urban area. (laughs)

BRITTANY LE STRANGE: So, just you and your mom? No one else?

ALICIA HILL: Yeah, just me and my mom.

BRITTANY LE STRANGE: Any family--I'm sorry, any pets or anything?



ALICIA HILL: I hate animals.

(both laugh)

BRITTANY LE STRANGE: What do you do for a living?

ALICIA HILL: Well, I used to have a job at the mall until I got fired. (laughs)


ALICIA HILL: And now I just work at the school and go to Kean University and I'm 1:00currently a junior, so that's it.

BRITTANY LE STRANGE: Okay. What do you like about living in New Jersey?

ALICIA HILL: Well, I like the pace. It's very--I like the fast-pace type of environment, and other than that, that's it. Everything else in New Jersey, I don't have a car so it's nothing--I can't do much. I'm like, just--

BRITTANY LE STRANGE: Do you have any places you hang out specifically or--?

ALICIA HILL: My friends' house, like, if they're near me but I really don't like traveling too much on the bus. It's just annoying, like, taking the bus, even though I've been taking it forever, it's annoying just to take the bus.

BRITTANY LE STRANGE: If you get the chance to go to the shore, which shore do you prefer?

ALICIA HILL: The Jersey shore, why not?

BRITTANY LE STRANGE: Well, which beach, specifically?

ALICIA HILL: Which beach? I guess Point Pleasant. Point Pleasant, but I've never been there before so I would like to go there and see how it is.


BRITTANY LE STRANGE: You've never been to Point Pleasant?


BRITTANY LE STRANGE: Which beach do you normally frequent if you go to the beach, then?

ALICIA HILL: The Jersey shore, the shore.

BRITTANY LE STRANGE: Yeah but like is it Seaside or--

ALICIA HILL: Seaside, yeah. I'm like, okay, you guys don't call it the shore? I'm sorry, that was a slow moment. (laughs)

BRITTANY LE STRANGE: That's okay. What are your thoughts on the show The Jersey Shore?

ALICIA HILL: I don't like it. I think it depicts Italians in a bad light. I don't think it's very--I don't think its funny. I think its--Snooki's okay, but I don't--it's just annoying to me.

BRITTANY LE STRANGE: Are you involved at all in your neighborhood, community?

ALICIA HILL: I'm really not, but I'm planning on joining this mentoring program, where you mentor kids in the city, in the inner city after school, like, tutoring them after school on different subjects and maybe help them in or they lack, you know.

BRITTANY LE STRANGE: Like a sister-brother thing?


ALICIA HILL: Yeah, something like that, or just even, yeah, just come over to the school, after-school programs, and help kids with their homework.

BRITTANY LE STRANGE: How is the school district in your community?

ALICIA HILL: The school district in my community isn't as organized as maybe suburban communities. It's--we don't have a lot of utilities as urban communities, such as computers and iPads and, you know, the new technological advances we don't really have.

BRITTANY LE STRANGE: And you said it's not the best area. How is crime in your area?

ALICIA HILL: Well, actually, I've never experienced any shooting or any crime. Only thing that happened bad on my block was maybe like a car being stolen or 4:00two, and that's the worst I've encountered, but around in my area--like you go further, there are certain areas that are really bad in my town. So, the crime rate is really high there.

BRITTANY LE STRANGE: So, would you say Irvington gets a bad reputation?

ALICIA HILL: Yeah, I would say it gets a bad reputation. I feel like some people do judge it just because--I mean, it is a bad urban area but I feel like certain people judge me, specifically, because I'm from Irvington. They just automatically think I'm some ghetto banjee or they think I'm ratchet, as people would say.

BRITTANY LE STRANGE: Is there any nicknames for Irvington?

ALICIA HILL: Yeah, Ghost Town. It's bad. (laughs)

BRITTANY LE STRANGE: Okay. When did you first hear about the storm coming?

ALICIA HILL: I first heard about it, maybe two days prior--maybe, no, about a week prior to it actually happening. About a week prior to it actually 5:00happening. And me and my mother, we tried to prepare. Go to the supermarkets, stock up on water, food, like food that won't go bad fast, food that won't expire fast.

BRITTANY LE STRANGE: And what were your first thoughts, hearing about the storm coming?

ALICIA HILL: I didn't take it very seriously because when we had Irene--Hurricane Irene--it was nothing. People put so much emphasis on it and just put it in the light, and it really wasn't as big as people made it seem.


ALICIA HILL: So, I didn't take it seriously at all. When they said, Hurricane Sandy, I said, Oh, that's nothing. Sandy's a weak name. That's nothing.

BRITTANY LE STRANGE: So, what exactly did you expect?

ALICIA HILL: I just expected a couple--just wind a little bit, a couple of 6:00trees, maybe leaves falling off. That's it I just expected to look like, just fall. I didn't expect it to be as drastic or devastating as it was.

BRITTANY LE STRANGE: And you said your mom and you tried to go to the store and get supplies. How was the availability of getting supplies?

ALICIA HILL: The availability was very scarce. Like, a lot of people were at the supermarket at the same time, so it was just so crowded and it was hard to get anything. Things were running off the shelf immediately because people were just trying to stock up, just as we were, on different items. So, it was hard.

BRITTANY LE STRANGE: How long would you say you waited in line?

ALICIA HILL: We waited in line for about, maybe an hour.

BRITTANY LE STRANGE: How many stores did you try to go to?

ALICIA HILL: We only tried one.

BRITTANY LE STRANGE: Do you believe there was adequate warning for the storm?


ALICIA HILL: I believe in certain areas, maybe. I don't believe it was that adequate. I believe people may have not taken it as serious, just as I have--I didn't really take it serious. I believe a lot of people didn't believe it would be that devastating or drastic, just like I didn't.

BRITTANY LE STRANGE: What did you make of the governor's warnings and everything?

ALICIA HILL: I thought he took charge. It was surprising because Governor Christie, he has a bad reputation. I use to go to high school in Newark and we had this walkout where we were walking out because Governor Christie was cutting the budget in Newark. And he has a bad reputation in Newark, so I didn't expect him to go that far so I was a little surprised.

BRITTANY LE STRANGE: Were there evacuation warnings in your area?

ALICIA HILL: Not really, because the Essex County area wasn't hit as bad as, 8:00maybe Bergen County or other counties around the area. It wasn't hit as bad.

BRITTANY LE STRANGE: How did you prepare? I know you said you went to the store. Did you move your cars or anything like that?

ALICIA HILL: Yeah, well I don't have a car, as you know. My mom moved her car, so we just were thinking--hypothetically thinking that maybe a tree was going to fall on it. So, she moved it inside someone's parking lot.

BRITTANY LE STRANGE: Take me through your day of the storm. Where were you?

ALICIA HILL: The day of the storm I was just inside my house in my pajamas, comfortable, laying around, watching TV, probably watching Bad Girls Club or something. I was just waiting for the storm to come. I was just like, Oh it's not going to be anything. I was just waiting for it to be over with, telling all my friends I wanted to hang out. You know, just texting, regular stuff.


BRITTANY LE STRANGE: What was the first sign of the storm that you saw?

ALICIA HILL: The lighting and the wind. Like, everything--even when you looked outside it was so windy that little trees were literally falling apart. They were literally just being destroyed in front of your eyes.

BRITTANY LE STRANGE: What went on at your or your mother's jobs and school?

ALICIA HILL: Well, school, we were out for a long time, as you know. We were out for, what? A couple of days? A week? Yeah, we were out for, like, a week. Same with my mother's job, they took the same time off as we did.

BRITTANY LE STRANGE: You went back to school when school reopened, then?

ALICIA HILL: Yes, I did, because I missed so many days and I didn't want to fall behind. I didn't want to miss another day and the teachers would have been like, Well, no.

BRITTANY LE STRANGE: Now conditions, you said it was windy and there was lightning. Did you have a lot of rain in your area?


ALICIA HILL: I had a lot of rain. Yes, I did. But it wasn't a lot of destruction. Houses weren't torn down. It was just little minor things.

BRITTANY LE STRANGE: Did your power go out?

ALICIA HILL: No, actually my power never went at all.

BRITTANY LE STRANGE: So, you didn't lose it once during the storm?

ALICIA HILL: I didn't lose it one time during the storm. I actually lost my power after the storm. I was like, What is going on? We had a blackout for about, what, thirty minutes on my block in the morning after the storm. We didn't even lose power during the storm.

BRITTANY LE STRANGE: On the day of the storm, what did you do for dinner?

ALICIA HILL: The day of the storm for dinner, just basically made sandwiches. I didn't really make anything or my mom didn't really make anything heavy because we were just disgusted with the gas and all that. We were just disgusted.

BRITTANY LE STRANGE: How did you get your information that day of the storm? 11:00Like, who were you talking to?

ALICIA HILL: I didn't talk to anyone, really. I have Sprint and the power was--the connection was bad, the whole time of the storm. So, although I did have power I was also pissed because my phone wasn't working, so I couldn't contact anyone really. Or I didn't know anything but I had the news.

BRITTANY LE STRANGE: When do you think you probably went to sleep that night?

ALICIA HILL: That night, the night of the storm?


ALICIA HILL: I probably went to sleep probably about midnight. Probably midnight.

BRITTANY LE STRANGE: When would you say the immediate storm ended?

ALICIA HILL: The immediate storm ended probably the next day in the morning.

BRITTANY LE STRANGE: So, you went to bed before the storm ended?

ALICIA HILL: Yeah, because I just didn't feel like staying up anymore.

BRITTANY LE STRANGE: What was going through your head the next day when you woke up?


ALICIA HILL: Well, basically, when I first woke up, I was just thinking, I hope it's not a lot of damage outside. I was praying that--when I got up and before I looked out my window, I was praying that there wasn't any major damage to the house or to the car or anything like that. And, luckily, God answered my prayers and there wasn't any damage at all.

BRITTANY LE STRANGE: So, when did you first go outside?

ALICIA HILL: The next day. After the storm, I went outside.

BRITTANY LE STRANGE: Like, right when you woke up, or--?


BRITTANY LE STRANGE: You said you didn't see any damage on your property. Did any of your neighbors have any damage?

ALICIA HILL: No, actually. No one really had any damage at all. No one had damage. Just, like, debris everywhere.

BRITTANY LE STRANGE: What did you do when you saw the debris and everything?

ALICIA HILL: I just got the broom and swept by my house. I just started cleaning. And then me and my mother, we were just driving through the 13:00neighborhood and we were just looking. It was trees fallen everywhere and the power--the lights weren't working. So, we basically had to stop at every light and wait, look around. It was a total black out everywhere else, but except for my block.

BRITTANY LE STRANGE: Who did you contact that first day?

ALICIA HILL: My grandmother, because my grandmother, she lives alone in a senior citizens home. So, basically, we wanted to make sure--she had no power. So we wanted to bring her--we brought her to my house the day of the storm. We brought her and my aunt to my house to spend the night and they stayed the whole week that there was no power, no nothing in the house.

BRITTANY LE STRANGE: That first morning after the storm, did you go and see anyone? Any friends or anyone?

ALICIA HILL: No I didn't. Just my family, just my grandmother and my aunt, as I said.


BRITTANY LE STRANGE: How would you describe the scene and mood the next morning, like, in the community?

ALICIA HILL: Everyone was somewhat depressed. They were kind of angry that there was rarely any gas to get. No one was able to get gas. No one was able to get anything. All the stores were closed. It was just miserable. It was terrible.

BRITTANY LE STRANGE: How did you get in touch with people? You said you had horrible cell phone coverage.

ALICIA HILL: I would try to go on Facebook, even though my phone had terrible coverage. My iPod, since I never lost power, my Internet was still working, so my iPod--I was trying to connect it and it was still working, so I was just talking to my friends on Facebook and asking them if they were okay.

BRITTANY LE STRANGE: Okay. How about the next day, after that? You didn't have 15:00to do anything, but did you go help anyone out, that had damage or anything, or did you just kind of stay home that week?

ALICIA HILL: I just kind of stayed home that week. I kind of wish I would have maybe helped out in a certain area, but I just stayed home that week and stayed with my grandmother and my aunt.

BRITTANY LE STRANGE: How did you guys go about getting your day-to-day necessities?

ALICIA HILL: What did we do? I'm not even sure how we went about that. That question's difficult. I think there was maybe one store that was open. At least one store, somewhere.

BRITTANY LE STRANGE: You said there was gas shortages. I know you don't drive, but your mom drives. Did she experience any gas shortages?

ALICIA HILL: Yeah, she was trying to save her gas. She could barely get gas anywhere. They were doing gas from the last name. If your last name starts with 16:00an A through H, then you go Mondays, or the rest of the letters, you go on Tuesday, stuff like that. It was just a mess, so my mother--the lines were like severely long. Two hours to get gas, three hours. It was ridiculous.

BRITTANY LE STRANGE: Did you guys receive any mail during the time?

ALICIA HILL: No, we received no mail at all.


ALICIA HILL: Not really, no.

BRITTANY LE STRANGE: And you said you just used the broom to help clean up the debris.

ALICIA HILL: Yeah. (laughs) My mom still got me out there to sweep and clean.

BRITTANY LE STRANGE: You said you didn't have any damages so you didn't have to go through any insurance companies or go through FEMA or any of those? Power?


BRITTANY LE STRANGE: Did your town have any protocol, any curfews set or anything?

ALICIA HILL: No, they didn't have anything set because I think that they knew 17:00that my county, Essex County, wasn't going to be as severe as maybe the counties near the shores or near the oceans and stuff like that.

BRITTANY LE STRANGE: Let's see. How would you say your community coped with the storm?

ALICIA HILL: I would say they coped very well. Everyone was very calm and patient. People were a little angry that they didn't have what they needed, but they were calm, they were patient. No one really--you know, it wasn't really that bad.

BRITTANY LE STRANGE: Now, you said your school was out about a week. Do you know what the local schools, how long they were out for?

ALICIA HILL: They were out for about the same time or maybe even one more day than us. They were out the same time.

BRITTANY LE STRANGE: You said you take the bus most places. Were the buses affected?


ALICIA HILL: Yeah, I didn't I wasn't able to get on the bus at all, anywhere. So, I was just basically stuck, unless my mom drove me.

BRITTANY LE STRANGE: Did you and your family contribute to anything during the storm, like, with your resources or open home to anyone besides your family?

ALICIA HILL: No, because I really didn't have a way to contact a lot of my friends. A lot of them wasn't on Facebook. Like a lot of my real friends wasn't on Facebook or anything. I had no way to contact these people because my phone, it was just completely out. I don't know if that happened to your phone, but my phone was just--the routers or whatever, the poles were completely just destroyed. So, my phone was gone for a week but my power was there.

BRITTANY LE STRANGE: How did you feel about the response by like the government and FEMA, insurance companies, from what you saw as an outsider?


ALICIA HILL: I feel like they responded very quickly, more quickly than they did versus Hurricane Katrina, but--yeah, they responded. Everyone contributed and put together. It seemed like everything is going back to normal already and it just happened. Everything is being restored already.

BRITTANY LE STRANGE: Do you believe New Jersey prepared adequately?

ALICIA HILL: No, I believe it could have been more--maybe broadcast or it could have been advertised a little more and it could have been actually warning, like it's a real hurricane to certain areas. Maybe, like, Staten Island, they could have emphasized that more to everyone.

BRITTANY LE STRANGE: What do you think they could have done differently, besides broadcast more?

ALICIA HILL: They could have maybe went out to different towns and actually gave 20:00safety supplies and stuff like that.

BRITTANY LE STRANGE: Do you think anyone is to blame for this, or was it just a freak occurrence?

ALICIA HILL: Just a freak occurrence. I don't think--like, is anyone to blame for the hurricane? Yeah, I think it's just a freak--it's human nature. I don't think there's anyone to blame for this.

BRITTANY LE STRANGE: Okay. How did you feel about media coverage? Did you feel it was accurate? Sensational? Did you feel well represented?

ALICIA HILL: Well, I'm not really big on the news to begin with. I don't really watch the news like that because I don't really have time. But when I do watch it--when I did hear about Hurricane Sandy, I didn't think that they covered it very well or I don't think that they made it accurate that it was an actual hurricane and you need to evacuate, because certain people really got hit by the 21:00hurricane and their house was destroyed. So, I feel like if it was like a better broadcast or they advertised it more people, a lot of people's stuff wouldn't be destroyed now. They would have evacuated their things, put it in storage, or whatever they had to do.

BRITTANY LE STRANGE: What did you think about President Obama before the storm?

ALICIA HILL: Before the storm, I thought he was--I think he's very--I think he's laid back sometimes, kind of nonchalant at times. I think he doesn't speak out as much or defend himself as much. But that's what I thought about him before the storm.

BRITTANY LE STRANGE: And what about Christie before the storm?

ALICIA HILL: Well, Christie--I didn't really, I don't really know much about Christie even though I live in New Jersey. I don't really know my full details about Christie to say a lot about him. But from what I know and going to a 22:00Newark public school, he didn't do much for my area, like Newark. He didn't do much for my school or anything like that, so I didn't really favor him too much. But after the storm, he was pretty he was pretty okay. After the storm he came through, like he should have, so that made him kind of decent.

BRITTANY LE STRANGE: And did your opinions change about Obama after the storm?

ALICIA HILL: Yeah, I think Obama really took charge after the storm. I think he really let everyone know that he was there to help and I really think he did put out a helping hand for all the counties that was hit. So, I really think he did step up as president.

BRITTANY LE STRANGE: How did you feel about the response of the rest of the country?

ALICIA HILL: I felt like the rest of the country really pulled together in order 23:00to restore New Jersey due to Hurricane Sandy, because a lot of stars contributed, a lot of people were donating money. There were a lot of contributors and a lot of people pulled together to try to restore certain things.

BRITTANY LE STRANGE: How has it shaped environmental issues? Does it make you think about changing anything?

ALICIA HILL: Yeah, it makes me think about maybe making--I don't know how I can say this. It makes me think about making the world more aware of things like this happening, like prepare them more for hurricanes in the future, in an environmental way.

BRITTANY LE STRANGE: Do you believe things have returned to normal?


ALICIA HILL: Yeah, I do. In due time, I believe things will turn back to normal. I mean, there's things that people will never, you know, people will never get again, such as photos or such as their home, but I believe things can come back to normal, although those people are lacking. Maybe they will get another home or apartment soon enough.

BRITTANY LE STRANGE: Because of the storm, have there been any changes to your daily life?

ALICIA HILL: No, not really, because I didn't really--it really didn't affect me, so nothing really changed around my daily life. My house is still intact, my mom's car is still there, my grandmother's safe, everyone's safe. All my friends are good. None of my friends were really hit with the storm either, but they are like in Old Bridge. They are in different counties and they weren't hit as bad, 25:00too, so everyone's just kind of good.

BRITTANY LE STRANGE: So, did it change your outlook on your community at all or because it wasn't hit it just kind of stayed the same?

ALICIA HILL: It changed my outlook that you should cherish things, because you never know. They may just leave so fast and you may not have those things in your life, but nothing really changed about anything in my life.

BRITTANY LE STRANGE: What about your outlook on the world?

ALICIA HILL: Well, I want to become more of a contributor to national disasters such as Hurricane Sandy, now that this has happened. I wanted to, when Hurricane Katrina happened, but I never got the chance to go down to Louisiana so it was, like (sighs). But now that this has happened, I do want to become more involved in worldly matters and the national disasters and helping people out. I would 26:00like to give a helping hand to people. If I don't need the help, I might as well give it to someone else.

BRITTANY LE STRANGE: Did it change your political views at all?

ALICIA HILL: I mean, it made me just appreciate Obama more. It made me more proud. That was about it.

BRITTANY LE STRANGE: Did you vote in the 2012 presidential election?

ALICIA HILL: No I didn't. I actually had the chance to vote--I was going to register, but it was past the due date, so I didn't get the chance to register.

BRITTANY LE STRANGE: If you had the chance to vote, who would you have voted for?

ALICIA HILL: If I had the chance to vote, I would have voted for Obama, definitely.

BRITTANY LE STRANGE: Did you have that decision before or after the storm?


BRITTANY LE STRANGE: Before. So, his actions would not have changed your mind, if you were eligible to vote?

ALICIA HILL: No, they wouldn't.

BRITTANY LE STRANGE: What about the 2013 governor election? Do you believe you would vote for Christie?

ALICIA HILL: I don't know if I would even vote. I'm not sure. I have to 27:00research--do more research on Christie, in order to actually vote for someone. I have to actually look them up, do more research.

BRITTANY LE STRANGE: What would you want to tell your children or your grandchildren about this tragedy?

ALICIA HILL: I would just let them know of how it is so important to help other people out and how you can easily lose anything in your life just like that. So, just appreciate everyday, appreciate every moment, cherish what you have. But, as for me, I will only be able to tell other people's stories because, as for me, nothing really went down. I didn't really experience anything.

BRITTANY LE STRANGE: If you wanted to give a message about the storm, what would it be?

ALICIA HILL: I guess to just cherish what you have and be more aware and pay 28:00attention when they say a hurricane is coming, instead of taking it so lightly. They may want to take it serious next time, because next time they say a hurricane is coming, I may take it a little serious next time. But be aware and just don't take the caution and the warning that a hurricane is on its way so lightly. Maybe you should evacuate and get the things you want, the things you need out as quickly as possible. And if you really cherish something such as photos or a memento, get it out as fast as possible.

BRITTANY LE STRANGE: What do you think the legacy of the storm will be?

ALICIA HILL: I think the legacy of the storm will basically be--that it was a huge disaster but it was a way for America to come together as one. Everyone 29:00seems like they pulled their weight when Hurricane Sandy came, versus the hurricanes. Everyone contributed, pulled their weight, donated so much money so I feel like America came together as one during that time.

BRITTANY LE STRANGE: Did I miss anything? Is there anything I haven't asked that I should have?

ALICIA HILL: No you didn't. It was a great interview.

BRITTANY LE STRANGE: Well that concludes our interview. Again, this is Brittany Le Strange, interviewing Alicia Hill on March 5, 2013.

end of interview

0:00 - Interview introduction

Play segmentSegment link

Partial Transcript:Today's date is March 5, 2013. This is Brittany Le Strange interviewing Alicia Hill in the Kean University library, on the third floor study room. Alicia, how old are you?

Segment Synopsis: An introduction to the interview with Alicia Hill

Keywords: Kean University


GPS: Kean University, (Union Nj.)
Map Coordinates: 40.680, -74.234

0:12 - Background

Play segmentSegment link

Partial Transcript:Alicia, how old are you?

Segment Synopsis: Hill talks about the crime in her neighborhood, and where she goes to school and work. She also talks about her opinion of living in New Jersey, and what she does in her free time.

Keywords: Dangerous; Environment; Friends; Irvington; Kean University; New Jersey; Pets


GPS: Irvington, Nj.
Map Coordinates: 40.726, -74.223

1:44 - Jersey beaches

Play segmentSegment link

Partial Transcript:If you get the chance to go to the shore, which shore do you prefer?

Segment Synopsis: Hill discusses her favorite Jersey beaches and her opinion on the TV show Jersey Shore.

Keywords: Beach; Jersey shore; Point Pleasant; Seaside; Shore; Snooki


GPS: Point Pleasant Beach, Nj.
Map Coordinates: 40.091, -74.049

2:40 - Involvement in Irvington community / crime in Irvington

Play segmentSegment link

Partial Transcript:Are you involved at all in your neighborhood, community?

Segment Synopsis: Hill talks about her community in Irvington and the crime rate in her area. She also talks about the bad reputation Irvington receives.

Keywords: Area; Banjee; Brother; Car; Communities; Community; Crime; Crime rate; District; Ghetto; Ghost Town; Irvington; Kids; Mentor; Mentoring; Neighborhood; Organized; School; Sister; Stolen; Technological; Town; Tutoring; Urban; Worst


GPS: Irvington, Nj.
Map Coordinates: 40.726, -74.223

4:46 - Prior to Hurricane Sandy

Play segmentSegment link

Partial Transcript:When did you first hear about the storm coming?

Segment Synopsis: Hill elaborates on her first thoughts about Hurricane Sandy, and also discusses how her family prepared for the storm.

Keywords: Adequate; Adequate warning; Availability; Bergen County; Car; Cars; Crowded; Devastating; Drastic; Essex County; Evacuationwarnings; First thoughts; Food; Governor Christie; Governors; Hurricane Irene; Hurricane Sandy; Irene; Leaves; Mom; Newark; Nothing; Prepare; Scarce; Stores; Storm; Supermarket; Supplies; Surprising; Tree; Warnings; Water; Wind


GPS: Newark, Nj.
Map Coordinates: 40.735, -74.171

8:35 - Day of the storm / school

Play segmentSegment link

Partial Transcript:Where were you on the day of the storm?

Segment Synopsis: Hill discusses her activities during the storm. She also talks about how long Kean University was shut down.

Keywords: Comfortable; Conditions; Destroyed; Falling apart; Friends; House; Job; Jobs; Lightning; Outside; Rain; Reopened; School; Storm; Teacher; Trees; Wind; Windy


9:57 - Conditions during the storm

Play segmentSegment link

Partial Transcript:Did you have a lot of rain in your area?

Segment Synopsis: Hill discusses the conditions of the storm, such as rain accumlation and minor destruction. She also explains how she lost power after the storm, and how she was disgusted with the outcome of the storm.

Keywords: After the storm; Area; Blackout; Conditions; Connection; Contact; Day of the storm; Destruction; Dinner; Disgusted; During the storm; Gas; Houses; Immediate; Information; Lightning; Lose; Minor; Morning; News; Night; Phone; Power; Rain; Sleep; Storm; Storm ended; Torn down; Windy


GPS: Irvington, Nj.
Map Coordinates: 40.726, -74.223

12:00 - Aftermath of the storm

Play segmentSegment link

Partial Transcript:What was going through your head the next day when you woke up?

Segment Synopsis: Hill talks about her reaction to the end of the storm and the damage her house incurred. She also describes the mood of the community and how her family stuck together through this rough time.

Keywords: After the storm; Angry; Aunt; Blackout; Broom; Car; Cell phone; Cleaning; Community; Contact; Coverage; Damage; Day of the storm; Debris; Depressed; Describe; Driving; Facebook; Family; Friends; Gas; Grandmother; Home; Horrible; House; Internet; Lights; Luckily; Major; Miserable; Mood; Morning; Neighborhood; Neighbors; Night; Outside; People; Phone; Power; Prayers; Praying; Property; Scene; Stores; Terrible; Trees Fallen; Window; Working


GPS: Irvington, Nj.
Map Coordinates: 40.726, -74.223

14:59 - Weeks after the storm

Play segmentSegment link

Partial Transcript:Did you help anyone out that had damage?

Segment Synopsis: Hill talks about the days following Hurricane Sandy and how her family went about getting their day-to-day necessities. She also discusses the damages in her county.

Keywords: Area; Aunt; Clean; Clean up; Counties; County; Curfews; Damages; Day-to-day; Debris; Difficult; Essex County; FEMA; Gas; Gas shortages; Grandmother; Help; Helped out; Home; Insurance companies; Mail; Mess; Mondays; Mother; Necessities; Next day; Oceans; Power; Protocol; Ridiculous; Severe; Severely; Shore; Store; Town; Trash; Tuesday; Wish


GPS: Irvington, Nj.
Map Coordinates: 40.726, -74.223

17:23 - Reaction of the Irvington community

Play segmentSegment link

Partial Transcript:How did your community cope with the storm?

Segment Synopsis: Hill describes her community's reaction to the storm and how they were affected by the storm in regards to school and public transportation

Keywords: Affected; Angry; Bus; Buses; Calm; Community; Contact; Contribute; Coped; Destroyed; During the storm; Facebook; Family; Friends; Home; Local; Patient; Phone; Power; Resources; School; Schools; Storm; Stuck


GPS: Irvington, Nj.
Map Coordinates: 40.726, -74.223

18:52 - Government response

Play segmentSegment link

Partial Transcript:How was the response from the government, FEMA, and insurance companies?

Segment Synopsis: Hill talks about the response from the government and insurance companies. She also states her opinion on Governor Christie, and President Obama.

Keywords: Accurate; Adequately; Advertised; After the storm; Areas; Before the storm; Blame; Broadcast; Christie; Contributed; Counties; Destroyed; Differently; Emphasized; Evacuate; FEMA; Freak occurence; Government; Helping hand; House; Human nature; Hurricane; Hurricane Katrina; Hurricane Sandy; Insurance companies; Media coverage; New Jersey; Newark; News; Nonchalant; Normal; Obama; Opinion; Outsider; President; President Obama; Quickly; Responded; Response; Restored; Safety supplies; School; Sensational; Staten Island; Storage; Together; Towns; Warning; Well represented


22:56 - Response of the country / environmental issues / outlook of community

Play segmentSegment link

Partial Transcript:How did you feel about the response of the rest of the country?

Segment Synopsis: Hill discusses her opinion on the response to the storm from the rest of the country, and offers advice on preparing for natural disasters in the future. She also talks about the way her outlook on the community and the world has changed.

Keywords: Apartment; Aware; Car; change; Cherish; Community; Contributor; Contributors; Counties; Country; daily life; Donating; environmental; Environmental issues; Friends; Future; Helping; Helping hand; Home; House; Hurricane Katrina; Hurricane Sandy; Hurricanes; Involved; Louisiana; Money; National disasters; New Jersey; Normal; Old Bridge; Outlook; Photos; Prepare; Response; Restore; Safe; Storm; Together; World


26:07 - Political views / message about the storm

Play segmentSegment link

Partial Transcript:Did the hurricane change your political views?

Segment Synopsis: Alicia Hill talks about her political views and her opinion of President Obama. She also talks about Hurricane Sandy and how she could have been more prepared.

Keywords: 2012 presidential election; 2013 governor election; After the storm; America; Appreciate; Aware; Caution; Cherish; Children; Christie; Come together; contributed; Donated; Evacuate; Experience; Grandchildren; Help; Huge disaster; Hurricane; Hurricane Sandy; hurricanes; Important; Legacy; Memento; Message; Money; Obama; Pay attention; Photos; Political; Serious; Stories; Storm; Together; Tragedy; Vote; Voted; Warning


Search This Index