Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History

Interview with Glenn Perroth, Debbie Perroth and Nicole Perroth, March 25, 2013

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

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Partial Transcript: This is Arij Syed reporting for Kean University for the Staring Out to Sea Hurricane Sandy Oral History Project.

Segment Synopsis: An introduction to the interview with Glenn Perroth, with comments by his wife Debbie, and their daughter Nicole.

00:00:16 - Introduction to Glenn Perroth

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Partial Transcript: Okay Mr. Perroth, uh, how old are you?

Segment Synopsis: Glenn Perroth talks about himself, his family, and his surrounding community in a brief introduction.

Keywords: After the storm; Area; Cars; Children; Community; Crime; Economic; Family; House; Involved; Jersey Shore (TV); Lived; Neighborhood; Neighbors; New Jersey; Port Monmouth; School system; Schools; Town; Ugly

GPS: (Port Monmouth, Nj)
Map Coordinates: 40.431363, -74.100469
00:03:14 - First word of the storm

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Partial Transcript: And, uh, when did you first hear that the storm was coming?

Segment Synopsis: Glenn Perroth speaks about his first media encounters with the storm on TV and radio. He talks about his first expectations of the storm.

Keywords: Adequate warning; Availability; Before the storm; Clean; Cops; Evacuation warnings; Expect; First thoughts; Floors; Food; Force; High tide; Neighbors; Onshore breeze; Pets; Police; Prepare; Prepared adequately; Radio; Storm; Supplies; Television; Voluntary; Walgreens; Warnings; Water; Yard

GPS: Walgreens (Port Monmouth, Nj)
Map Coordinates: 40.428456, -74.106864
00:07:51 - First sign of the storm

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Partial Transcript: And, uh, what was the first sign of the storm?

Segment Synopsis: Glenn describes his family's first physical encounter with the storm and what they witnessed inside their flooded home.

Keywords: After the storm; Brother; Children; Conditions; Electricity; Firehouse; Fireman; Heat; House; Monday; Nor'easter; Pool; School; Staten Island; Street; Strong; Sunday; Water; Water rushing; Weather; Wind; nervous

00:12:54 - First impact of the storm

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Partial Transcript: And, um, when did your power go out?

Segment Synopsis: Glenn talks more about what he witnessed during the storm.

Keywords: Clean; Clean up; Cleanup; Evacuate; Flood; Flooding; Immediate; Information; Local government; Major issue; Middletown; Morning; Morning before the storm; Night; Power; Prepared; Rescue; Storm; Sunday; Town; Windy; Working; Worried

00:15:14 - Dealing with the aftermath

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Partial Transcript: And, uh, what was going through your head when you woke up the next day?

Segment Synopsis: Perroth talks about starting clean up immediately the morning after the storm. He talks about his response to the situation.

Keywords: Blankets; Clean; Clean up; Cleanup; Damage; Lucky; Major plus; Mess; Mom; Neighbors; Respond; Shocked; Staten Island; Working

00:18:10 - First contacts after the storm / damages

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Partial Transcript: And, uh, who did you contact first?

Segment Synopsis: Glenn talks about his initial interactions with FEMA and his insurance company. He speaks more on his home's damages.

Keywords: Cell phones; Communication; Community; Concern; Contact; Damages; FEMA; Flood; Flood insurance; Furniture; House; Insurance; Mold; Neighborhood; Phones; Service; Son; Storm; Water

00:21:53 - Short term effects of the storm

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Partial Transcript: And, um, can you take us a little bit through like the next day and next week? How long did it take you to, uh, get back to work?

Segment Synopsis: Perroth talks about some of the initial hardships they experienced because of the storm.

Keywords: Election; Foodtown; Gas; Gas station lines; Gas stations; Generators; Kids; Staten Island; Stores; Work; Working

00:24:08 - Government assistance / church assistance / other assistance

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Partial Transcript: So you found a lot of help from people in the community, people you knew?

Segment Synopsis: Glenn talks about the agencies that were present after the storm to help out, and whether they actually did or not.

Keywords: Amish; Blankets; Carpentry; Church; Community; Cook; Electricity; Flooded; Fortunate; Gas; Help; Helped; Helping; Home Depot; Lowe's; Mail; Mail service; Office; Port Monmouth; Rebuild; Red Cross; Supplies; Weeks after the storm

00:26:49 - Trash and trash pickup

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Partial Transcript: And, uh, what about trash pickup?

Segment Synopsis: Glenn speaks on a little-mentioned aspect of the storms: the amount of garbage everywhere.

Keywords: Clean; Clean up; Cleanup; Couches; FEMA; Garbage; Power; Street; Sunday; Support; Trash; Yard

00:28:40 - FEMA and insurance / lost homes

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Partial Transcript: Now you said that, uh, FEMA came and they, they wouldn’t help you because you, you had insurance. Can you tell me a little bit about your experience with your insurance company? How helpful were they?

Segment Synopsis: Glenn speaks on insurance and FEMA, who paid and who didn't, and what he had to spend to get their assistance. His daughter Nicole, a first grade teacher, talks about how many of her students lost their homes.

Keywords: After the storm; Community; Construction; FEMA; Family; Fire; Friends; Helped; House; Insurance; Money; Port Monmouth; Rebuild; Safe; Teacher

00:33:13 - Police response / community response

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Partial Transcript: And, um, can you talk a little bit about the response of the police, and, um, their role in the rebuilding?

Segment Synopsis: Glenn is asked about police response in the community and again mentions how helpful the churches were. He also says he received assistance from the Boy Scouts.

Keywords: Blankets; Bridge; Cash; Clean; Cope; Credit cards; Donating; Emergency personnel; Firehouses; Flood; Generators; Home Depot; Middletown; Money; Morning; Neighborhood; Pillows; Police; Rebuild; Religious communities; Response; Sears; Without power

00:37:26 - Government response

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Partial Transcript: And, um, now I just want to go into a little bit about your, uh--the government response, and break it down between, uh, local, state, and federal. Did your local municipal government--how were they trying to help out?

Segment Synopsis: Glenn talks about government response and officials on every level. He discusses a past event and what the local government did to deal with it.

Keywords: Barack Obama; Beach; Chris Christie; Dunes; Federal government; Floodgates; Governor; Governor Christie; Keansburg; Levees; Local government; Mother Nature; Neighborhood; New Jersey; President; President Obama; Response; State government; Water

00:42:39 - Media coverage

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Partial Transcript: And, uh, how did you feel about the media coverage that was happening? Was it accurate, or was it more sensationalized?

Segment Synopsis: Glenn briefly discusses the media coverage of the storm from his perspective.

Keywords: Accurate; Before the storm; Media; Media coverage; Sam Champion; Sensational; Union Beach; Weather

00:43:47 - Devastating loss in Union Beach / insurance company procedure

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Partial Transcript: Union Beach lost a lot of houses. Six, six blocks of houses are gone.

Segment Synopsis: Glenn talks about a particularly affected area near him. He discusses insurance company practices.

Keywords: Beach; Channel 7; Flood insurance; Foundation; Houses; Loss; Lost; Night; Port Monmouth; Property; Towns; Township; Union Beach; Waterfront; Waves

00:47:16 - Frustration with Obama assistance and FEMA

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Partial Transcript: And, um, can you talk a little bit about, uh, your opinion of Obama and his response tot he storm?

Segment Synopsis: Glenn discusses some of his frustrations with the Executive branch's actions and with FEMA.

Keywords: Barack Obama; Concerned; Emergency; FEMA; Floodgates; Inadequate; Insurance; Money; New Jersey; President Obama; Response; State aid; State of emergency; Taxes; Tornado

00:49:40 - Obama's visit to New Jersey / opinion on Governor Christie

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Partial Transcript: Now when, uh, Obama came to New Jersey for the couple of days, do you feel that he really cared or was it more of a political move?

Segment Synopsis: Political figures and their motives are discussed.

Keywords: Barack Obama; Cared; Chris Christie; Governor Christie; Hurricane Katrina; Neighborhood; New Jersey; New Orleans; Political; President Obama; Staten Island; Storm; Town

00:52:00 - Lasting impact / closing thoughts

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Partial Transcript: And, um, do you think this storm has shaped your view of, uh, enviro, environmental issues in any way?

Segment Synopsis: Closing thoughts on the lasting effects that the storm caused and how it affected Glenn's outlook on the future.

Keywords: Children; Community; Environmental issues; Global warming; Grandchildren; Gubernatorial campaign; House; Hurricane; Presidential campaign; Shore; Storm; Water