TRUDI-ANN LAWRENCE: Okay. My name is Trudi-Ann Lawrence. Today is December sixteenth. Can you state your name?

COLLETTE KENNEDY: Collette Kennedy.

TRUDI-ANN LAWRENCE: And your age, if you don't mind?


TRUDI-ANN LAWRENCE: Okay, so how long have you lived in your home?

COLLETTE KENNEDY: I moved into my home in Keyport two weeks prior to Hurricane Sandy, so in October 2012.

TRUDI-ANN LAWRENCE: Okay. And is there any reason why you (laughs) chose that home in particular?

COLLETTE KENNEDY: I had actually been looking to move down that way because I've been walking the waterfront in Keyport and Union Beach for, like, ten years, so it was kind of my happy place, and I had tried to purchase three different homes in Union Beach, but for whatever reason they all fell through. So it didn't happen, so I ended up finding one in Keyport, too.

TRUDI-ANN LAWRENCE: Okay. So why do you like the neighborhood, the area?

COLLETTE KENNEDY: I've always been drawn to the community feeling in both Union Beach and Keyport, and after the storm, it's only proven itself tenfold that 1:00I've chosen the right area, because the community spiritness continued on everyday.

TRUDI-ANN LAWRENCE: Okay, so can you tell me about your family?


TRUDI-ANN LAWRENCE: Your immediate--okay, (laughs) that's fine.

COLLETTE KENNEDY: I feel like everyone that I've met since the storm has become my family, though, so it's kind of been a unique situation. I moved there alone but now I don't feel like I'm alone.

TRUDI-ANN LAWRENCE: Okay. All right, so what is your current occupation?

COLLETTE KENNEDY: Administrative assistant at Kean University and a graduate student at night.

TRUDI-ANN LAWRENCE: Okay, and how long have you been doing it?

COLLETTE KENNEDY: I've been working at Kean for eleven years.

TRUDI-ANN LAWRENCE: So where did you live before you moved, you said?

COLLETTE KENNEDY: Where I was living prior to Keyport was actually in Springfield, New Jersey, and my neighborhood was also pretty heavily damaged from Hurricane Irene, which was about fourteen months prior to Hurricane Sandy. So that was two hurricanes within fourteen months of each other. I'm pretty much 2:00done with hurricanes for a while. (both laugh)

TRUDI-ANN LAWRENCE: Okay, so can you tell me a little bit more about the community in which you live now, like the reputation it holds, the schools, economics?

COLLETTE KENNEDY: I think it's--it's interesting, because Keyport and Union Beach are technically two independent towns, but they're one and the same, at the same time. They share the same high school, but they're independent as far as government policies and procedures and municipalities, so they each have their own police department and so forth. But I definitely feel like they--especially after the storm, everyone kind of came together as one. But I think it's between blue collar and middle class, so I feel like everyone understands each other, because it they've worked their way up, maybe doing a little better, they probably maybe were struggling at one time, and they haven't forgotten where they've come from. So I think everyone looks out for each other 3:00because they understand each other.

TRUDI-ANN LAWRENCE: Okay, so now we're going to talk about the storm. Can you tell me when you first heard it was coming?

COLLETTE KENNEDY: Yes, it was a week and a half after I moved in, and everyone thought I was just the nervous new homeowner. And I told them they didn't just live through Irene so they didn't know what was really coming, and they kept telling me that, Oh, they threaten us all the time about hurricanes, you'll learn once you live here never to get ready for any of them, they don't really come. So, and I remember decorating my house that Sunday for Halloween. It was the first time I had a house to decorate, and I was so excited. And I went and bought hay and pumpkins two Sundays prior, and that Wednesday I was pulling everything back in and putting it in my garage, and everyone told me I was crazy, like, Oh there's not going to be a storm.

TRUDI-ANN LAWRENCE: So you expected a great magnitude?

COLLETTE KENNEDY: I had a little bit more fear, I think, than the rest of the people did, because they didn't have any damage in that area from Irene, where I 4:00did. So I think I was more worried about the wind than I was about the water because I am a little bit further away from the waterfront. I was worried about the waterfront area but I wasn't worried about my home, for the water. I thought maybe my basement would flood, so I was like, scrambling instead of picking out curtains, and you know, things when you buy a new house. I was figuring out how to rig a sump pump in my basement and maybe get a generator, which I did, because a friend didn't mind lending me their generator because they were like, You're not going to need it, I'll be back next week to pick it up. And I had that generator for a while.

TRUDI-ANN LAWRENCE: Okay, so what other preparations did you make?

COLLETTE KENNEDY: That was it. I kind of just made sure I had a spot in the basement to go, if I needed to, if something happened. You know, I tied stuff down, tarps over the basement doors and stuff like that.


COLLETTE KENNEDY: Made sure I had food and water, because I had just gone through Irene and I didn't have power after Irene for--I didn't have power for 5:00eleven and running water for--I didn't have power for nine days or running water for eleven. So--I kind of had just done it.

TRUDI-ANN LAWRENCE: Right. So do you think that there was adequate warning?

COLLETTE KENNEDY: Yes, but I think the area is desensitized to it. Or was, not anymore. Now I think every hurricane, they're going to not be desensitized anymore.

TRUDI-ANN LAWRENCE: Did you take heed to any of the evacuation warnings?

COLLETTE KENNEDY: Because I was new there, I did check with the fire department and police department and asked them if I was in an area to leave. I wasn't trying to be some hero. And they said that if my area was affected, then we probably all wouldn't live through the storm, so I should just stay where I was. They didn't think I was in a bad area, which I theoretically wasn't, water-wise. But my neighbors across the street don't think so.

TRUDI-ANN LAWRENCE: So tell me about the actual day of the storm. What were you doing, the first sight, anything that you remember from that day.


COLLETTE KENNEDY: I kind of just remember doing somewhat of the same preparations, like keeping pots of water on the stove in case you needed water to brush your teeth and you don't want to use to pay for bottled water and things like that. Because the things like that, you forget that if you need a pump to get the water up to the second floor and you don't have power, that all goes out pretty soon, too. A lot of people forget about that. So probably kind of just making sure I had, you know, stuff to eat that wouldn't go bad if the refrigerator went out, and charged everything I could charge, made sure I had gas. I bought gas cans for the first time in my life. I didn't ever think I would need them. That kind of stuff. And then realized I would be bunkering down for the storm by myself, which was going to kind of be boring, you know. So I probably just talked on the phone as much as I could or went on Facebook, 7:00because I didn't really have anyone to talk to when the storm started. They had come around earlier in the day and announced that they were going to shut all the power down at seven, so we knew that the power grid was going to be shut down, which I do think was one of their smartest decisions. Because that's what happened out in Breezy Point, is they didn't shut their power down, so when the saltwater hit the circuit breakers, that's how come all the homes burned down. So--

TRUDI-ANN LAWRENCE: Okay, so when did you realize the storm had arrived in the area?

COLLETTE KENNEDY: When things kept breaking off from my neighbors' houses and hitting mine.


COLLETTE KENNEDY: So I had asked three different friends if I should board up my front window, and they said no, again, thinking I was just too nervous. So I was afraid that the stuff that was hitting my house was going to come through the window. So I kept going out in the wind to get it. And I had a collection on my living room floor. I had someone's chimney parts, I had a stop sign. I had all the different things that were breaking off from the big building across the street. So once I went out one time, and I could barely get back in my house, I 8:00decided it wasn't safe to go back out for anything else. And probably about 20 minutes after that, I heard the loudest sound I'd ever heard in my life, and I thought the air conditioner unit on the high rise building across the street from me blew off, but it was really a wall was--we thought was collapsing then--and it was the brick façade fell off of eight stories and ripped out the windows and crushed the entranceway. So at that point, I didn't know where to go, what to do, and was for the first time, probably, scared for my life in any storm. Because I figured if that was coming down, then we're all going down, and that was just from wind.

TRUDI-ANN LAWRENCE: Okay. So did you go to sleep that night?


TRUDI-ANN LAWRENCE: (laughs) Okay.


TRUDI-ANN LAWRENCE: Did you contact anyone?

COLLETTE KENNEDY: No, because what was I going to do at that point? You couldn't 9:00leave. So I remember they were saying on Facebook, the phone lines were down but data was working, so I remember people posting not to go in your basement, which was my backup plan, because houses were collapsing in town. So, if you were in the basement and your house collapsed, it would collapse on you. So it--(male voice: I'm sorry) so I think that was the first time that I realized I was completely alone and brand new to town, so if there were rescues at that point, would anyone know to come get me, or are they just going to think it was an empty house? So I was definitely getting a little nervous, so I was--but because of Facebook, I figured that was my company, and then I just kind of did another evaluation and thought to myself, where was the safest place to go, and my car was in my garage, so I sat in my car for the next six and a half hours, in my 10:00garage by myself, figuring that if any of the trees in my yard came down, they would have to come through the attic, then the garage, and then my car before they got to me. So, I figured it was the heaviest thing and that wind couldn't really blow away was my car, so that's where I sat.

TRUDI-ANN LAWRENCE: So what was going through your head the next day, when you woke up, or you got out your car?

COLLETTE KENNEDY: I felt fortunate, because I knew that things weren't good. I don't think--after seeing everything after Irene, that was nothing compared to what I was about to see though. So Irene was mostly flooding, we didn't have the surge that wiped out buildings and leveled buildings. But I knew it wouldn't be good, because of the wall across the street. Because then, when I was sitting in my garage, I watched my whole street become, basically, the emergency rescue of 11:00all of Monmouth County. They had every responding town that could get there trying to get these 458 seniors out of the building with no power, so they had to carry them all down the steps. So, I knew at that point whatever was left wasn't going to be good.

TRUDI-ANN LAWRENCE: Did you--when you went outside, what happened when you went outside, what did you do, see?

COLLETTE KENNEDY: On my actual block, maybe, unless you saw that building and some debris, we consider ourselves extremely fortunate, so--our whole block did. I mean, there was minor repairs, things like that, but nothing as you got closer to the water, because we're--Keyport has a big hill that Union Beach doesn't have, so everyone above that hill (cell phone ringing) in Keyport, you know, 12:00benefited from that hill being there. And there was more, just, like, everyone was just so quiet, and everything was quiet, because there was no traffic. I think everyone was just afraid to leave. I honestly--it's kind of a little bit of a blur, I don't remember if it was that day. No, it was definitely that day. A friend came over that had lent me the generator, and he was like, Well, I guess we really did have storm. And he's like, We'd better go get gas. I'm like, What's your rush? And I remember asking him, "Why do we need gas?" Like, I knew we needed gas for a generator, but I still, I think, I was just in shock. So we were the first people in line at the Quick Chek. So we were the first people at the Quick Chek that they were doing two-hour rotations, because Quick Chek in Hazlet had one generator, so they would charge the store with it for two hours and then charge the fuel pumps with it for two hours. So we were in the first rotation, first one in line. Actually standing in front of the owner's son of Jakeabob's, Gigi Dorr's son, and we sat and talked for two hours.


TRUDI-ANN LAWRENCE: Okay. Did you suffer any damages to your home?

COLLETTE KENNEDY: I was very fortunate. (phone rings)

TRUDI-ANN LAWRENCE: Okay. So, did you ever make it down to the waterfront?

COLLETTE KENNEDY: After the storm?



TRUDI-ANN LAWRENCE: Immediately after the storm?

COLLETTE KENNEDY: I would say within ten hours, I mean I don't--

TRUDI-ANN LAWRENCE: Yes, that's immediate, I mean like the same day.

COLLETTE KENNEDY: Just making sure nothing (unintelligible).

TRUDI-ANN LAWRENCE: So what did you see when you made it down to the waterfront?

COLLETTE KENNEDY: A very sad, desolate, washed-away area. (phone rings)


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TRUDI-ANN LAWRENCE: So it was really desolate?

COLLETTE KENNEDY: Yeah. It was kind of like what you would see in a movie scene, but in life. Kind of hard to put it into words. Even taking pictures, like you want to take your camera out, but I don't think any pictures can really justify seeing it in person.

TRUDI-ANN LAWRENCE: So and can you tell me what the community was like?

COLLETTE KENNEDY: No. Shock. No one really had words. So either people were just silent and just in shock, or crying. There really was no in between.

TRUDI-ANN LAWRENCE: So, the day after the storm, what did you do next?

COLLETTE KENNEDY: I started, you know, trying to figure out where everyone went. Like especially the ones they had evacuated from the building across the street from me. And people kept talking about Central School but being new in town, I didn't know what that meant. So I located the school, and the next few days we would spend going down to the closest supermarket open to get things that they 15:00needed, like Lactaid and the stuff that we couldn't get anywhere else, for the shelter. And also, during the day I would assist with going up into the residents' apartments with flashlights to get medical equipment or wheelchairs and carry them down the steps, because they weren't able to evacuate with that kind of stuff.

TRUDI-ANN LAWRENCE: Okay. So did you look to anyone for support? Did you try to contact any companies?



COLLETTE KENNEDY: No, because you kind of assume that the things you hear about growing up, like the Red Cross, and the government, were going to be there for you, and it was pretty much, quickly we realized that we were all on our own, that help wasn't coming anytime soon, so you couldn't really sit and wait. So I 16:00commend the First Aid and OEM [Office of Emergency Management] of Keyport for acting impromptu and setting up their own shelter to help the residents.

TRUDI-ANN LAWRENCE: Okay. And how did you notice the community starting to cope?

COLLETTE KENNEDY: I think everyone's still trying to cope. I mean, some are, some have moved on, so it depends on what street you turn down. (unintelligible) depends on whether you remember it or you don't remember it.

TRUDI-ANN LAWRENCE: Okay. So what kind of other aid did you start to give?

COLLETTE KENNEDY: After three days of helping them get the stuff out of the residents' apartments, then they really needed people to help overnight to help run the shelter at night, so I did the 7:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. shift for the next two weeks at the shelter.


COLLETTE KENNEDY: Because a lot of people, you know, their kids wanted to get back to some kind of normalcy, so they needed to be home at night, the people 17:00(phone ringing) that were volunteering during the day.

TRUDI-ANN LAWRENCE: How long was school out for?

COLLETTE KENNEDY: I believe it was two weeks.

TRUDI-ANN LAWRENCE: Okay, so can you tell me about the work that you started to do with Union Beach?

COLLETTE KENNEDY: With just Union Beach? I don't know if everything is just been Union Beach, as far as I'm concerned. I know I've helped--started helping with the Hope Tree in March, when they planted the new one.

TRUDI-ANN LAWRENCE: How did you find out about that?



COLLETTE KENNEDY: And I had done the walk in Union Beach in February, also. And then a lot of people were bringing clothes and stuff to the shelter but there wasn't any room to keep them anymore, so people were driving in from Iowa and faraway places, so I just started taking things in my garage and trying to help people that way. So I ran a donation center out of my garage for five months, with furniture and all different things. So I met a lot of people that way also, 18:00like connecting, like who needs what. So I would post what I had and if someone knew a friend or a relative that needed it, then they would come pick it up. So kind of all of my friends up this way, in North Jersey, they--like I would leave work, once I went back to work, I would leave work and drive to Jersey City or--actually, the person who just called was one of them--I picked up, like, a bed, a dining room set from him, fit it all in my car. Sometimes I have no idea how I fit all this stuff in my little tiny SUV, I have no idea. There was days when I drove sideways because I couldn't even turn my whole body, the car was so full. And I would bring that down there and then distribute it in any way I could.

TRUDI-ANN LAWRENCE: Right. Did you notice any governmental aid coming in, or any local aid coming in?

COLLETTE KENNEDY: I'll say the first governmental type of aid that I saw was definitely the National Guard. FEMA was a while, and I personally never saw Red 19:00Cross. So I know someone said they saw them on day nineteen. I never saw them at all.

TRUDI-ANN LAWRENCE: Okay. And how do you feel about the response that the community received? Not what they built on their own, but from the outside response?

COLLETTE KENNEDY: I think it's hard to say. I think a lot of people were focused on the quote, unquote Jersey Shore, forgetting about the bay areas. But at the same point, I also know the magnitude of the storm and you can prep so many--you can have so many volunteers prepped, but when that size of that kind of storm hits, there are too many areas. If it was like a ten-town thing, I think everyone would have been prepared. But I think with as many--and communication lines being down, I think it's hard to point the finger, but I would definitely say larger disaster relief needs to be taken into consideration.


TRUDI-ANN LAWRENCE: Do you think that New Jersey prepared adequately?


TRUDI-ANN LAWRENCE: What do you think that could have been done differently?

COLLETTE KENNEDY: I don't know. I think that if they have an Office of Emergency Management, there should be some kind of up-to-date record of account of places that can be turned into shelters, or warehouses that things can be stored in when you are having things being sent in from across the country or--worldwide, people were sending stuff sometimes, but there was really nowhere to put it. So the local people had to, like, find vacant warehouses. And I think if there was some kind of inventory of places like that. Or even, like Fort Monmouth, I don't know why it took two months to be able to get that functional again. You know, 21:00temporary housing, I think there should just be some kind of--every six months, they should evaluate where, if something happened, people could go.

TRUDI-ANN LAWRENCE: Okay. Do you think anyone is to blame, or is this just a fluke, of nature taking her toll?

COLLETTE KENNEDY: I think it's hard to get a lot of people to want to do what-if plans, and a lot of this planning would have to come from people that have been through something like this, as opposed to people that just, Well what if this happens, what if that happens? Maybe someone on that team that never lived through it, they're like, Oh yeah, we might need some shelters. But unless you realize the compound effect that one day you might really need shelters, and what that means--

TRUDI-ANN LAWRENCE: Okay. So how do you feel about--.

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TRUDI-ANN LAWRENCE: So I was going to ask you about the media. So how do you feel that the media portrayed what was happening? Do you think it was sensationalized or it was accurate?


COLLETTE KENNEDY: After the storm, you mean? Like the effects of the storm, or prepping people for the storm?



TRUDI-ANN LAWRENCE: --during and after the storm.

COLLETTE KENNEDY: This is my personal opinion. I feel like Governor Christie was so not wanting to become known as the governor of Louisiana after what happened in New Orleans, that he really just wanted everyone to believe that we were okay. So his images were the boardwalk, and that's what the media was, you know, told to cover. My understanding--again this is what I've been told, I have no proof of this--but if you look at it, it's just kind of evident that the media were not allowed to obtain morgue records for anyone that died. Every morgue was sworn to non-disclosure, so there has not yet, to this day, been a death toll released from New York and New Jersey, because they didn't want to be known as the storm. Same thing with, the OEMs were not really supposed to release how 23:00many storm rescues they had to make in the middle of the storm, because, you know, certain politicians wanted this to be portrayed as we were okay. So they did the roller coaster in the ocean, as opposed to the neighborhoods and the towns. They only did, like, the really expensive waterfront towns, knowing that people can rebuild if they had that kind of money to build that house to begin with. But I think the average blue-collar towns were completely left off the map, from both media and government. And then I think that backfired and I think that's why a lot of the grant didn't get issued, because Congress isn't going to go write grants to rebuild the boardwalk. And I don't blame them. But then once--then he had to backpedal. And then, Oh well, look at all these towns that were destroyed, when for three months you didn't want to talk about those towns being destroyed. So I think it was very counterproductive for him, trying to make false accusations that we were stronger than the storm because we weren't.


TRUDI-ANN LAWRENCE: Oh, you kind of answered my next question. (both laugh) So what do you think of Obama making his appearance in the area?

COLLETTE KENNEDY: I think it was right for Obama to be here and I think it was right for both Christie and Obama to put their political differences aside for the people, which is what they're supposed to represent.

TRUDI-ANN LAWRENCE: Did after the storm, did your opinion change about Christie?

COLLETTE KENNEDY: For the worse.


COLLETTE KENNEDY: Because there's a lot more to life than just five more years and getting boardwalks reopened. There's no other state that needs boardwalks to survive and thrive.

TRUDI-ANN LAWRENCE: How has this shaped your environmental views? I mean, do you feel like you would do anything differently nowadays, like raise your home, move out from the area?

COLLETTE KENNEDY: It's interesting you ask that, because of meeting different people and working and volunteering in the shelter after the storm, I was asked if I could be nominated to the Environment Commission, and on January first I actually was elected on, and so I just completed my first year on the 25:00Environment Commission last week. So, because of the storm and inadvertently being nominated to the commission, I've learned a lot more. I've sat through a lot of FEMA meetings, not because of the Environmental Commission but just for self-awareness.


COLLETTE KENNEDY: You know, is my home going to be put on a flood map, am I adjoining property of someone on a flood map? And people that were sitting--people that were severely damaged from the storm, their homes or even mental damage, really had to sit through way too many meetings. I would try and sit through the FEMA meetings and then report back to them what they missed so that it was one less meeting that they would have to sit through. So the whole elevation maps, all of that I found interesting. I think it's too long of a process. I don't think it should take three years to rewrite flood maps. But it was interesting to learn the process.

TRUDI-ANN LAWRENCE: Okay. So, do you notice things returned to normal, or is it, 26:00it's never going to be normal or it's a new sense of normal?

COLLETTE KENNEDY: I think it's a hundred percent new sense of normal for anyone who lives in the Bayshore area.

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

COLLETTE KENNEDY: Not to take things for granted, and to be careful of what you say you need, because you can learn to live without a lot.

TRUDI-ANN LAWRENCE: Okay. Has your outlook on the community changed?

COLLETTE KENNEDY: For the better.

TRUDI-ANN LAWRENCE: About the world?

COLLETTE KENNEDY: For the better.

TRUDI-ANN LAWRENCE: Okay. Do you think that the storm had an impact on the presidential election, taking into account that voting areas were not the same and people had to do, like, mail-in ballots, et cetera?

COLLETTE KENNEDY: I think it definitely did. But I think it actually changed things for not just the presidential election. I think on many levels, even gubernatorial.


TRUDI-ANN LAWRENCE: Yes, that's my next question, do you think it had an impact on the gubernatorial?

COLLETTE KENNEDY: I think yes, because of the false commercialism and commercials that were made with Sandy relief money. So, I think people were blind-sided because as long as their Jersey Shore boardwalks were back up and running, they thought he did a phenomenal job. But ask the 117 families living in their driveway in Union Beach if they did.

TRUDI-ANN LAWRENCE: So, would you have a word of advice to give, noticing that there's been a lot more disasters after Sandy, people struggling, going through the same things that we have witnessed people in your area going through, what would your word of advice be to those people that are now struggling?

COLLETTE KENNEDY: There's multiple things I think, you know, refrigerators, stoves, ovens, roofs can always be replaced. Memories can't, so one thing I'm a big advocate for is making sure all your photos are digitally backed up 28:00somewhere on the Internet, because no matter where you go you can always get them later. But if all you have are hard copies of things and papers, they should be scanned and put somewhere. That's on a personal level. On a governmental level, we need to step it up.

TRUDI-ANN LAWRENCE: Okay. Now if you wanted to give a message about the storm, what would it be, or if the storm had a legacy, what would it be?

COLLETTE KENNEDY: Sandy, the storm that taught us (knock at door) how to survive.

TRUDI-ANN LAWRENCE: So, is there anything that I missed?

COLLETTE KENNEDY: I don't think so. I think you did a good job.

TRUDI-ANN LAWRENCE: Okay. That's it.

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0:00 - Introduction

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Partial Transcript:My name is Trudi-Ann Lawrence, today is December 16th. Can you state your name?

Segment Synopsis: Interviewer Trudi-Ann Lawrence introduces Colette Kennedy.



0:11 - Brief Biography

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Partial Transcript:So how long have you lived in your home?

Segment Synopsis: Colette Kennedy talks about moving into a new neighborhood and home in Keyport, New Jersey. She also talks about her job, where she lived prior to Sandy, and the community as a whole.

Keywords: 2012; Come together; Community; Family; Home; Hurricane Irene; Hurricane Sandy; Kean; Keyport; Middle class; Neighborhood; Occupation; Springfield; Union Beach; Waterfront


GPS: Keyport, Nj.
Map Coordinates: 40.432°N,74.201°W

3:06 - The preparations for the storm

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Partial Transcript:Can you tell me when you first heard it was coming?

Segment Synopsis: Kennedy talks about why her past personal experience with Hurricane Irene made her more cautious than her neighbors about the coming hurricane. She also explains her preparations and about the adequacy of the warning for Hurricane Sandy.

Keywords: Adequate warning; Basement; Evacuation; Evacuation warnings; Expect; Food; Halloween; Hurricane; Hurricane Irene; Hurricane Sandy; Irene; Magnitude; Preparation; Preparations; Water; Waterfront; Wind


GPS: Keyport, Nj.
Map Coordinates: 40.433, 74.200

5:54 - Day of the storm

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Partial Transcript:Tell me about the actual day of the storm?

Segment Synopsis: Kennedy talks about distracting herself with her computer and spending the duration of the storm in her garage for extra protection.

Keywords: Arrived; Basement; Car; Collapsing; Contact; Facebook; Garage; Gas; Nervous; Power; Preparation; Preparations; Scared; Sleep; Wind; Window; Winds


GPS: Keyport, Nj.
Map Coordinates: 40.433, 74.200

10:21 - The day after the storm

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Partial Transcript:So what was going through your head the next day?

Segment Synopsis: Kennedy discusses her shock caused by the aftermath of the hurricane.

Keywords: Community; Crying; Damages; Debris; Desolate; Emergency Rescue; Fortunate; Gas; Generators; Hazlet; Hurricane Irene; Irene; Keyport; Outside; Rotation; Shock; Union; Union Beach; Waterfront


GPS: Keyport, Nj.
Map Coordinates: 40.433, 74.200

14:36 - Living in the aftermath of the storm

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Partial Transcript:So the day after the storm what did you do next?

Segment Synopsis: Kennedy talks about what she did next after the storm.

Keywords: Community; Cope; Evacuate; First aid; Government; Help; Keyport; Medical Equipment; OEM; Red Cross; School; Shelters; Supermarket; Support


GPS: Keyport, Nj.
Map Coordinates: 40.433, 74.200

16:36 - Aiding the Keyport and Union Beach communities

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Partial Transcript:So what kind of other aid did you start to do?

Segment Synopsis: Kennedy helps her community and the Union Beach community after Hurricane Sandy.

Keywords: Donation; FEMA; Garage; Government aid; Helping; Hope Tree; Jersey City; National Guard; Red Cross; School; Shelters; Union Beach; Volunteering


GPS: Union Beach, Nj.
Map Coordinates: 40.445, 74.170

19:09 - Outside aid to the community

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Partial Transcript:And how do you feel about the response the community received?

Segment Synopsis: Kennedy discusses the outside aid given to the Keyport community.

Keywords: Bay area; Disaster; Fort Monmouth; inventory; Jersey shore; Nature; Office of Emergency Management (OEM); Prepared; Relief; Shelters


GPS: Keyport, Nj.
Map Coordinates: 40.433, 74.200

21:51 - Media coverage and political responses to the storm

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Partial Transcript:So I was going to ask you about the media.

Segment Synopsis: Kennedy's opinions on media and political coverage after the storm.

Keywords: Accurate; Barack Obama; blue collar towns; boardwalk; Christie; Governor; Governor Christie; grants; Media; morgue records; Obama; Office of Emergency Management (OEM); President Obama; Sensationalized; Town; Waterfront


GPS: Keyport, Nj.
Map Coordinates: 40.433, 74.200

24:37 - Becoming an Environment Commission member after volunteering and aiding her community

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Partial Transcript:How has this shaped your environmental views?

Segment Synopsis: Kennedy was elected onto the Environment Commission after volunteering and aiding her community.

Keywords: Damage; Elevation maps; Environment Commission; FEMA; FEMA meetings; Flood maps; Mental damage; Shelters; Volunteering


GPS: Keyport, Nj.
Map Coordinates: 40.433, 74.200

25:57 - Changes to daily life and advice about responding to natural disasters

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Partial Transcript:Have you noticed things returned to normal or is it never going to be normal or is it a new sense of normal?

Segment Synopsis: Kennedy discusses the impact the storm had on her daily life and the life of her community. She also offers advice to use in the future when responding to natural disasters.

Keywords: advise; Bay shore area; Changed; commercialism; commercials; Community; Daily life; governmental; Legacy; Message; New normal; Normal; Outlook; personal; Presidential election; Sandy; Sandy relief money; Union Beach


GPS: Keyport, Nj.
Map Coordinates: 40.433, 74.200
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