Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History

Interview with Mary Edwards, September 3, 2013

Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries
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00:00:00 - Introduction

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Partial Transcript: My name is Trudi-Ann Lawrence, and today is September third, and I am at the Bayshore Community Center.

Segment Synopsis: An introduction to the interview of Mary Edwards.

00:00:10 - Brief biography

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Partial Transcript: Can you state your name?

Segment Synopsis: Edwards, who is seventy-three years old, has lived in her home in Keansburg for eight years. Her house is six rooms, two bathrooms and one floor home.

Keywords: Bayshore Community Center; Brooklyn; Crossing Guard; Keansburg; New Jersey; Sister; West Keansburg

GPS: Bayshore Community Center (Keansburg, Nj.)
Map Coordinates: 40.448444, -74.129299
00:02:50 - Preparing for the storm

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Partial Transcript: So, tell me about when you first heard about the storm. What did you expect?

Segment Synopsis: Edwards gives a brief description of what she was expecting from the storm. Everything Edwards expected to happen during the storm had happened, such as power outages and fallen trees.

Keywords: Evacuate; Evacuation warnings; Fallen trees; Hazlet; House; Lights; No power; Prepare; Radio; Rain; Sister; Son; Tornado; Water; Wind

GPS: Bayshore Community Center (Keansburg, N.j)
Map Coordinates: 40.448444, -74.129299
00:03:46 - During the storm

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Partial Transcript: So I guess you took heed to the evacuation warnings?

Segment Synopsis: Edwards stayed with her brother in Hazlet, New Jersey during the storm. She experienced rain, wind, and power outages at her brother's house.

Keywords: Brother; Evacuation; Gas; Heat; Neighborhood; Outside; Power; Radio; Rain; Storm; Television; Tornado; Trees; Wind

GPS: Hazlet, Nj.
Map Coordinates: 40.428946, -74.169917
00:05:02 - The aftermath of the storm

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Partial Transcript: So you went back home?

Segment Synopsis: After staying at her brother's house for two days, Edwards decided to go home because the conditions were just as bad at her house. Trees had fallen and twigs covered the ground. Luckily she did not have any water damage. She believes that no one could have adequately prepared for the storm.

Keywords: Aid; Brother; Cold; Community; Damage; Fortunate; Freezer; Gas; Home; House; Keansburg; Leaves; Mood; National Guard; Power outage; Prepared; Prepared adequately; Rain; Sister; Son; Stores; Storm; Supplies; Transportation; Trees; Union Beach; Water; Weather; Wind

GPS: Bayshore Community Center (Keansburg, N.j)
Map Coordinates: 40.448444, -74.129299
00:07:47 - How the media and Long Branch, Union Beach, and Keansburg communities reacted to the storm

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Partial Transcript: So, when you did regain power and television, do you think that the media accurately portrayed what was going on, or it was more so sensationalized?

Segment Synopsis: Edwards discusses how the media represented the storm in Union Beach, Long Branch, and Keansburg. She also says the media covered the storm and talked about it all the time. Edwards says that now people don't even have houses and are staying in hotels. According to Edwards, things will never go back to normal in Keansburg.

Keywords: Brother; Governor; Home; Hotels; Houses; Keansburg; Long Branch; Lost; Media; Mortgage; News; Normal; Rain; Sensationalized; Town; Union Beach; Weather; Window

GPS: Bayshore Community Center (Keansburg, N.j)
Map Coordinates: 40.448444, -74.129299
00:11:19 - How the storm impacted the elections

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Partial Transcript: Do you think that the storm had an impact on the presidential election?

Segment Synopsis: Edwards is not a political person, so for the presidential election she just voted for who seemed the best. Edwards also states that it was hard to vote because many of the voting places were closed. Edwards does think the storm impacted the governor's election but she thinks Christie does a great job as governor. Edwards talks about the people who have suffered in Oklahoma and her advice for them is to remain patient.

Keywords: Chris Christie; Election; Experience; Firehouse; Governor; Help; Horrible; Moore, Oklahoma; Oklahoma; Patient; Political; Power; Vote

GPS: Bayshore Community Center (Keansburg, N.j)
Map Coordinates: 40.448444, -74.129299
00:13:53 - Edwards' central message of the storm

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Partial Transcript: Do you think the storm carries any legacy or any central message?

Segment Synopsis: Edwards' central message is that no one can take anything for granted. She considers herself to be a very fortunate during and after the storm, because there were a lot of people willing to help.

Keywords: Effects; Electricity; Food; Fortunate; Helped; Legacy; Message; Patient; Prepare; Weather

GPS: Bayshore Community Center (Keansburg, N.j)
Map Coordinates: 40.448444, -74.129299