Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History

Interview with Maureen Piasecki and John Piasecki, March 25, 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: Hi, my name is Alicia Hill and I'm interviewing Maureen and John Piasecki in their residence in Port Monmouth, New Jersey on Monday, March 25th, 2013.

Segment Synopsis: Introduction to the interview

Keywords: Alicia Hill; NJ; Port Monmouth

GPS: Port Monmouth, NJ.
Map Coordinates: 40.4367, 74.0986
00:00:14 - Background information

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Partial Transcript: Okay, I, I want to start by asking you guys, what is your name and how old are you guys?

Segment Synopsis: Maureen and John Piasecki Talk about their life before Hurricane Sandy.

Keywords: John Piasecki; Maureen Piasecki

GPS: Middletown, NJ.
Map Coordinates: 40.4073, -74.0711
00:04:34 - First impressions of Sandy

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

Segment Synopsis: Maureen and John Piasecki tell of their first impressions of the storm.

Keywords: Before the storm; First thoughts; Hurricane Sandy; Hurricanes; John Piasecki; Maureen Piasecki; Middletown; Superstorm Sandy

GPS: Middletown, NJ.
Map Coordinates: 40.4073, -74.0711
00:07:35 - Preparation for Sandy

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Partial Transcript: How did you guys prepare, and what did you prepare?

Segment Synopsis: John and Maureen Piasecki explain what they did to prepare for Sandy.

Keywords: Dog; Hurricane Sandy; John Piasecki; Maureen Piasecki; Middletown; Preparation; Water

GPS: Middletown, NJ.
Map Coordinates: 40.4073, -74.0711
00:08:15 - Supplies available during the storm

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Partial Transcript: What was your availability to supplies?

Segment Synopsis: John and Maureen Piasecki explain how they survived during the storm and what supplies they had access to.

Keywords: Food; Gas stations; Lines; Storm; Supplies; Water

GPS: Middletown, NJ.
Map Coordinates: 40.4073, -74.0711
00:10:13 - Government / evacuation warnings during Sandy

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Partial Transcript: What did you make of the governors and their warnings?

Segment Synopsis: Maureen and John Piasecki talk about their opinions on how the government handled Sandy.

Keywords: Evacuation; Governor; John Piasecki; Maureen Piasecki; New Jersey; New York

GPS: Middletown, NJ.
Map Coordinates: 40.4073, -74.0711
00:11:40 - In-depth account of preparation for Sandy

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Partial Transcript: How did you prep? What did you do for--about the cars and the pets?

Segment Synopsis: John and Maureen Piasecki talk more about their preparations.

Keywords: Cars; Dogs; John Piasecki; Mail; Maureen Piasecki; Pets; Work

GPS: Middletown, NJ.
Map Coordinates: 40.4073, -74.0711
00:13:21 - First day of Sandy

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Partial Transcript: What was your first sign of the storm?

Segment Synopsis: John and Maureen Piasecki describe the beginnings of the storm and the effect it had on them and their community.

Keywords: Beach; Central Avenue; Closed; Cook; Creek; Flooding; Food; John Piasecki; Maureen Piasecki; Power; Rain; Schools; Water

GPS: Middletown, NJ
Map Coordinates: 40.4073, -74.0711
00:17:09 - The beginning of the aftermath

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Partial Transcript: When did the immediate storm end?

Segment Synopsis: John and Maureen Piasecki describe the day after the storm and the damage that Sandy had done.

Keywords: Blown away; Call; Damage; Dogs; Evacuated; FEMA; Fence; Floating; Flooding; Furniture; Garage; Gas; Heat; Heater; John Piasecki; Lines; Maureen Piasecki; Mold; Neighborhood; Oil tank; Phone; Pumping; Shower; Tablets; Underwater; Verizon; Water; Wawa; Work

GPS: Middletown, NJ.
Map Coordinates: 40.4073, -74.0711
00:27:42 - FEMA and insurance companies

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Partial Transcript: Who did you look to for support, for help? Including FEMA, insurance companies?

Segment Synopsis: Maureen and John Piasecki talk about their interactions with FEMA and their insurance company.

Keywords: Assistance; Booked; Curfews; FEMA; Housing; Insurance; John Piasecki; Maureen Piasecki; Response; Stressful

GPS: Middletown, NJ.
Map Coordinates: 40.4073, -74.0711
00:29:28 - Opinions on emergency personnel and local government

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Partial Transcript: Did you feel safe? And what was the response of the police?

Segment Synopsis: Maureen and John Piasecki talk about the involvement of emergency personnel after Sandy.

Keywords: Aid; Buses; Emergency; Food; Government; Holy family; John Piasecki; Lines; Maureen Piasecki; Money; National guard; Personnel; Police; Problem; Rob; State; Stores; Supplies; Trash

GPS: Middletown, NJ.
Map Coordinates: 40.4073, -74.0711
00:35:11 - Media coverage of Sandy

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Partial Transcript: How do you feel about the media coverage?

Segment Synopsis: Maureen and John Piasecki talk about how they feel about the media coverage of Sandy.

Keywords: Belford; John Piasecki; Leonardo; Maureen Piasecki; Media; Port Monmouth; Represented; Shoreline; Town; Union Beach

GPS: Middletown, NJ.
Map Coordinates: 40.4073, -74.0711
00:36:17 - Opinions on President Obama and Governor Christie as well as the rest of the country

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Partial Transcript: What did you think about Obama and Christie?

Segment Synopsis: Maureen and John Piasecki give their opinions on how Obama and Christie reacted and how the American public helped out after Sandy.

Keywords: Barack Obama; Chris Christie; Churches; Democrat; Food; John Piasecki; Maureen Piasecki; Money; Oklahoma; Pennsylvania; Power companies; Trees

GPS: Middletown, NJ.
Map Coordinates: 40.4073, -74.0711
00:40:06 - Comparison to Hurricane Katrina

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Partial Transcript: What was your response in comparison to Katrina? Do you think the response was any different? Similar?

Segment Synopsis: Maureen and John Piasecki compare the response to Hurricane Katrina to the response to Hurricane Sandy.

Keywords: Government; Help; Hurricane Katrina; John Piasecki; Maureen Piasecki; Storm

GPS: Middletown, NJ.
Map Coordinates: 40.4073, -74.0711
00:40:57 - Opinion on environmental issues

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Partial Transcript: How has it shaped your environmental issues?

Segment Synopsis: John and Maureen Piasecki talk about their thoughts on the environment and what they would do to prepare for another storm.

Keywords: Change; Environment; Generator; Global warming; John Piasecki; Maureen Piasecki; Move; Precautions; Storms

GPS: Middletown, NJ.
Map Coordinates: 40.4073, -74.0711
00:42:15 - Any return to normal

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Partial Transcript: Have things returned to nom--to normal in your home?

Segment Synopsis: John and Maureen Piasecki talk about how things have changed in their lives since the storm.

Keywords: FEMA; Global warming; John Piasecki; Maureen Piasecki; Middle class; Money

GPS: Middletown, NJ.
Map Coordinates: 40.4073, -74.0711
00:45:11 - The legacy of the storm and voting after the storm

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Partial Transcript: Would you tell your grandchildren about the story, about the storm?

Segment Synopsis: John and Maureen Piasecki talk about the legacy of the storm and give a message to anyone else in a similar situation. They also talk about how the voting process was affected because of Sandy.

Keywords: Devastation; Gas; Generator; House; John Piasecki; Maureen Piasecki; Prepared; VFW; Vote; Voting

GPS: Middletown, NJ.
Map Coordinates: 40.4073, -74.0711