Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History

Interview with Brittany Le Strange, March 4, 2013

Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries
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00:00:02 - Introduction

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Partial Transcript: Okay. Today’s date is--

Segment Synopsis: An introduction to the interview with Brittany Le Strange.

00:00:24 - Brief biography

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Partial Transcript: First question, how are you today, Brittany?

Segment Synopsis: Le Strange describes her place of residence and occupation. She also talks about going to school and things she likes to do in her free time.

Keywords: Beach; Belmar; Boardwalks; Community; East Brunswick; Gas; House; Jersey Shore (TV); Lived; New Jersey; Point Pleasant; Shore; Student; Union Beach

GPS: East Brunswick, Nj.
Map Coordinates: 40.432480, -74.406709
00:03:17 - Reaction to the storm

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

Segment Synopsis: Le Strange talks about what she did to prepare for the storm. She talks about what her family went through to assure they would be okay during the storm.

Keywords: Batteries; Before the storm; Cars; Evacuate; Evacuation warnings; First thoughts; Food; Generators; Governor; Hurricane Irene; Irene; Pets; Prepare; Storm; Supplies; Water

00:05:42 - Day of the storm

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Partial Transcript: Now walk me through your day of the storm. Where were you? What were the first signs of it?

Segment Synopsis: Le Strange discusses what she did while the storm hit and how the weather conditions were in her town. She also speaks about staying with her boyfriend and his family.

Keywords: Cell phones; Children; Conditions; House; Internet; Lost; Neighbors; Power; Schools; Sleep; State; Storm; Union Beach; Weather; Windy

GPS: Union Beach, NJ
Map Coordinates: 40.446484, -74.177183
00:08:03 - After the storm

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Partial Transcript: Now let's move to the very next day.

Segment Synopsis: Le Strange talks about what she did after the storm. She talks about how her family cleaned up and how their day-to-day life changed overnight.

Keywords: After the storm; Breaking point; Damages; Day to day; Day-to-day; Depressing; Gas; Generators; Hardships; Hazlet; Neighborhood; Outside; Property; Quick Chek; Shock; Stores; Street; Trees fallen; Water; Work

GPS: Hazlet, Nj.
Map Coordinates: 40.425516, -74.167985
00:15:28 - Coping with the aftermath

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Partial Transcript: Who did you look for for support?

Segment Synopsis: Le Strange talks about who did and did not help her family after the storm. She also admits that Verizon Fios came out faster than the insurance companies. Additionally, she comments on police response after the storm.

Keywords: Aid; Cleaning supplies; Community; Coping; Curfews; Donated; FEMA; Flood; Flood insurance; Food bank; Insurance companies; Looting; National Guard; Police response; Response; Safe; Transportation

00:21:12 - Lack of public services / losses in the storm

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Partial Transcript: How long was, uh, the public transportation out?

Segment Synopsis: Le Strange describes what the public services were like due to the storm. She also goes over some of her losses such as furniture and electronics as a result of the storm.

Keywords: Buses; Furniture; Kean; Losses; Schools; Trains; Transportation

GPS: Kean University (Union, Nj.)
Map Coordinates: 40.680520, -74.234056
00:23:43 - Contribution to the community

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Partial Transcript: Did you contribute to your community at all?

Segment Synopsis: Le Strange's family had a generator to help her neighbors and friends charge their phones. The family did not have much to contribute to the storm relief.

Keywords: Food; Generators; House; Money; Neighbors; Phones; Resources

00:24:27 - Emotions about the response

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Partial Transcript: Next stage. How did you feel about the response?

Segment Synopsis: Le Strange explains her views on what the government did to help the community. She was satisfied with what both the federal and local government did to help.

Keywords: Alabama Power; Barack Obama; Blame; Cars; Chris Christie; Crisis; Damage; Donating; Drainage; FEMA; Fire engines; Flood; Gawkers; Gawking; Government aid; Governor; Governor Christie; High tide; Houses; Hurricane Irene; Hurricane Katrina; Insurance companies; Internet; Irene; Katrina; Loss; Phones; Prepared adequately; President Obama; Red Cross; Residents; Respond; Street; Surge; Tragedy; Union Beach; Volunteer; Vote

00:30:45 - Storm experiences / comparisons

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Partial Transcript: Did you ever experience any other storm?

Segment Synopsis: Le Strange had never really experienced a storm like Sandy before. She claims to remember rain and wind from other storms but nothing like what she experienced during Sandy. Le Strange discusses how her environmental views changed by making her believe that there needs to be more precaution and preparations in these instances.

Keywords: Climate change; FEMA; Flood; Government aid; House; Hurricane Irene; Irene; Political; Precaution; Storm

00:33:19 - Voting experience

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Partial Transcript: Uh, how was your voting experience impacted by the storm?

Segment Synopsis: Le Strange is proud to say she voted after the storm. She describes what it was like to vote in a district that included other districts for the first time. Her place of voting did not change but she noticed that other people had to change their place to vote.

Keywords: District; East Brunswick; Gas shortage; Gas stations; Power; Power outages; Voting

GPS: East Brunswick, NJ
Map Coordinates: 40.431173, -74.404306
00:34:55 - Current conditions

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Partial Transcript: So, going to the future a little bit: have things returned to normal since Sandy?

Segment Synopsis: Le Strange talks about the ways New Jersey has recuperated. There is still much more work that is needed to be done for things to go back to how it was prior to the storm.

Keywords: Businesses; Come together; Construction; Crisis; Donation; House; Hurricane Sandy; Keansburg; Looters; Police station; Rebuild; Sandy; Torn down; Town; Tragedy; Trains; Volunteer

GPS: Keansburg, Nj.
Map Coordinates: 40.441996, -74.129308
00:38:26 - 2012 election

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Partial Transcript: Do you think, uh, it impacted the 2012 presidential election?

Segment Synopsis: Le Strange tells how the 2012 election was impacted by the storm.

Keywords: 2013 election; Barack Obama; Change; Chris Christie; Governor Christie; New Jersey; President Obama; Presidential campaign; Vote

00:39:51 - Looking back on Sandy

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Partial Transcript: Now what are you going to tell your kids and hopefully your grand kids in the future about Hurricane Sandy?

Segment Synopsis: Le Strange talks about her view of the storm and what she will remember most.

Keywords: Boardwalks; Clean up; Cleanup; Damage; Gas; Generators; Help; Higher ground; House; Hurricane Sandy; Legacy; Memories; Message; New Jersey; Photos; Power; Precaution; Rebuild; Sandy; Seaside; Seaside Heights; Shore; Storm; Union Beach; Water; Without power

GPS: Union Beach, NJ
Map Coordinates: 40.446353, -74.177269