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00:00:02 - Nicholas Willem introduction

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Partial Transcript: My name is Mary Piasecki, I'm interviewing Nicholas Willem on the 24th of March 2014...

Segment Synopsis: Nicholas Willem talks about his home and family in Port Monmouth, New Jersey. He discusses his job and what he likes about living in New Jersey. He is asked about where he likes to hang out and where he goes to the beach.

Keywords: Beach; Bills; Down the shore; Family; House; Jersey Shore; Live; Lived; Middletown, NJ; Middletown, New Jersey; NJ; New Jersey; Port Monmouth; Room; Rooms; Sandy Hook; School system; Siblings

GPS: Nicholas Willem's hometown (Middletown, Nj.)
Map Coordinates: 40.396997, -74.093367
00:02:38 - Community involvement in Port Monmouth

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Partial Transcript: And how are--how involved are you with the community?

Segment Synopsis: Nicholas Willem mentions things about the community, and talks about his work as a volunteer fire-fighter for the Port Monmouth Fire Company. He also describes the town's school system and class profile.

Keywords: Community; Crime; Economic; Fire department; Firefighters; Fireman; Port Monmouth Fire Company; School; School system; Socioeconomic; Volunteer

GPS: Port Monmouth Fire Company (Port Monmouth, Nj.)
Map Coordinates: 40.430082, -74.098324
00:03:45 - Before the storm

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Partial Transcript: Alright, now we're going to move on to discuss a little bit more about Hurricane Sandy.

Segment Synopsis: Willem mentions how he prepared for the storm and how he was already prepared for the storm with food. He mentions Governor Christie regarding what he said would happen before the storm. Nicholas talks about the evacuations that occurred before the storm.

Keywords: Cars; Chris Christie; Clothes; Evacuations; Flooding; Governor Christie; Hurricane; Hurricane Sandy; Pets; Prepare; Sandy; Storm

GPS: Port Monmouth, New Jersey (Port Monmouth, Nj.)
Map Coordinates: 40.431363, -74.100169
00:06:05 - The day of the storm

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Partial Transcript: Okay, and, um, I'm just going to ask that you take me through your day of the storm, step by step.

Segment Synopsis: Willem mentions how he couldn't leave his house in the beginning of the day because the water was so high. He discusses what happened when he went back to his house after he was able to leave. He discusses the weather during the storm.

Keywords: Aunt; Bed; Cat; Damage; Damages; Destroyed; End of storm; Firehouse; Flooding; Food supplies; Generators; Grandmother; High tide; House; Lost; Mandatory evacuation; Midnight; Mother; News; Power; Power was out; Rainy; Storm; Storm ended; Water; Windy

GPS: Port Monmouth, New Jersey (Port Monmouth, Nj.)
Map Coordinates: 40.431363, -74.100169
00:09:49 - The day after the storm

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

Segment Synopsis: Willem mentions what his thoughts were the day after the storm. He talks about his concerns after the storm. Willem discusses what he saw when he went outside for the first time after the storm.

Keywords: After the storm; Cars; Cars in street; Contact; Damage; Damages; Debris; Firehouse; Houses; Mold; Mother; No walls; Sleep; Street

00:11:02 - Damages from the storm

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Partial Transcript: Okay, and could you further explain the damages that you had seen at your house?

Segment Synopsis: Willem discusses the damages to his house.

Keywords: Cats; Couches; Damage; Damages; Dressers; House; Houses; Kitchen; Room; TV; Television; Waterlines

GPS: Nicholas Willem's home (Port Monmouth, Nj.)
Map Coordinates: 40.431396, -74.101113
00:11:36 - Reactions to the storm in Port Monmouth

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Partial Transcript: And how did you get in touch with people around?

Segment Synopsis: Willem talks about how he got in touch with people after the storm. He discusses people's reactions to the storm. He mentions that residents of Port Monmouth couldn't get back into the town. He discusses the looting issue that occurred the day after the storm.

Keywords: Car; Cars; Cellphone provider; Emergency food; Firehouse; Firehouse radios; Food; Looters; Looting; Red Cross; Verizon

GPS: Nicholas Willem's home (Port Monmouth, Nj.)
Map Coordinates: 40.431396, -74.101113
00:13:03 - Issues after the storm

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Partial Transcript: Okay, and you were staying at the firehouse, is that correct?

Segment Synopsis: Willem talks about how he stayed at the firehouse for a few nights after the storm. He mentions the power outages and gas shortages. Willem mentions his problems with FEMA.

Keywords: After the storm; Debris; Dump trucks; FEMA; Firefighter; Firefighters; Firehouse; Gas shortage; Gut; Help; Helped; Helping; Mail; Mail service; Power companies; Power company; Power outage; Power outages; Sheetrock; Street

GPS: Port Monmouth Fire Company (Port Monmouth, Nj.)
Map Coordinates: 40.429960, -74.098297
00:17:04 - Port Monmouth and government response to the storm

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Partial Transcript: And what was the protocol like? Was there curfews in place?

Segment Synopsis: Willem mentions the problems of recovering after the storm. He talks about how his community coped with the storm. Willem talks about the government and community response.

Keywords: Clothes; Community; Community aid; Cops; Curfews; Donating; Donating food; Dusk; Emergency; Evacuate; Evacuation; Evacuation warnings; FEMA; Federal government; Firefighter; Firehouse; Garbage; Generators; Government aid; Gutting; House; Insurance companies; Looters; Looting; Mandatory evacuation; Middletown; Middletown Police; National guard; Police; Religious communities; Religious organizations; Shelters; Streets; Volunteer; Volunteers

GPS: Port Monmouth, New Jersey (Port Monmouth, Nj.)
Map Coordinates: 40.431461, -74.100340
00:24:23 - Society's reaction to the storm

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Partial Transcript: Okay. And did you believe anyone to be--is at, uh, fault for the storm or that it was rather a freak occurrence?

Segment Synopsis: Willem mentions how he thinks the storm happened. He also discusses the media. He mentions his thoughts on President Obama and Governor Chris Christie. Willem talks about his opinions on the help from the country after the storm. He compares different storms to Hurricane Sandy.

Keywords: After the storm; Aid; Alabama Power; Alabama Power trucks; Barack Obama; Chris Christie; Environmental issues; Firehouse; First responders; Governor Christie; Hurricane Irene; Hurricane Katrina; Irene; JCP&L; Katrina; Media; PCE&G; Port Monmouth; Power; Prepare; Prepared adequately; President Obama; Social media; Storm; TV; Thanksgiving

GPS: Port Monmouth, New Jersey (Port Monmouth, Nj.)
Map Coordinates: 40.431461, -74.100340
00:28:31 - How things have changed since the storm

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Partial Transcript: And, um, personally, as far as, uh, like the raising of the homes, or--is there any other precautions you plan to take in the future?

Segment Synopsis: Willem talks about the precautions he plans to take in the future. He mentions what has to be done to their house to keep safe for the future. He also says he moved after the storm. Willem discusses the different ways that his life has changed since the storm.

Keywords: 2012 election; 2013 election; Chris Christie; Communities; Community; Daily life; Donated; Donating; Donating food; Electricity; Firehouse; Future; Governor Christie; Heat; House; Lifestyle; Mother; Outlook; Pipes; Political; Precaution; Presidential campaign; Running water; Stolen; Vandalized; Voting; Water

GPS: Port Monmouth, New Jersey (Port Monmouth, Nj.)
Map Coordinates: 40.431461, -74.100340
00:31:36 - Legacy of the storm / advice

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Partial Transcript: And what do you believe you're going to tell you children or grandchildren about Hurricane Sandy?

Segment Synopsis: Willem discusses what he will tell his future family about the storm. He talks about what the legacy of the storm was. He brings up a message that he would want others to know.

Keywords: Children; Grandchildren; History; Houses; Hurricane Sandy; Legacy; News; No walls

GPS: Port Monmouth, New Jersey (Port Monmouth, Nj.)
Map Coordinates: 40.431461, -74.100340