Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History

Interview with Henrietta Williams, September 3, 2013

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

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

Segment Synopsis: An introduction to the interview with Henrietta Williams.

00:00:07 - Brief biography

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Partial Transcript: Can you state your name?

Segment Synopsis: Williams discusses moving to Keansburg with her elderly mother, and her previous residences. She also talks about why she thinks it was important for her to have a home and not just an apartment because of the mistakes of others.

Keywords: Apartment; Area; Bronx; Community; Dogs; Home; House; Involvement; Keansburg; Lived; Middletown; Mom; Moved; New Jersey; New York City; Occupation; Rooms; Storm

GPS: Bayshore Senior Community Center (Keansburg, Nj.)
Map Coordinates: 40.448232, -74.129395
00:03:05 - First thoughts of the storm / day of the storm

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Partial Transcript: So can you tell me about when you first heard the storm was coming? What did you expect?

Segment Synopsis: Williams discusses that she did not evacuate after first hearing about the storm, which angered her family. Also, she talks about needing to get out of her house during the storm and needing to find a place to freeze her diabetes medication.

Keywords: After the storm; Attics; Diabetic; Dogs; Evacuate; Expect; Experience; Family; Freezer; Generators; House; Information; Leaves; Medicine; Neighbors; Nephew; Rain; Roof; Room; Sister; Storm; Weather; Wind

00:07:00 - Mood of the community / clean up

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Partial Transcript: Can you describe the scene of the community, the mood?

Segment Synopsis: Williams describes a call with a friend who was hit by Hurricane Sandy as well. Also, she talks about how randomly the storm destroyed certain houses and left some untouched.

Keywords: Clean up; Community; Debris; Dogs; First aid; Flash light; Garage; House; Houses; Leaves; Mood; Neighbors; Night; Phone; Roof; Scene; Son; Trees; Wall; Water

00:10:48 - Seeking assistance

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Partial Transcript: Okay, so who did you contact? Did you contact, like, your insurance company, or FEMA, for the hole in your roof and then the one in your garage?

Segment Synopsis: Williams explains that she tried to seek assistance from both her insurance company and FEMA. Unfortunately, she only got help from her insurance company and not FEMA.

Keywords: Contact; FEMA; Garage; Hot water heaters; House; Insurance companies; Roof; Storm; Survived

00:12:05 - Community coping / preparation of New Jersey

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Partial Transcript: How did you notice your community was coping with everything that was going on?

Segment Synopsis: Williams talks about how her neighbors were helpful to each other in this time of need. She also explains that people did not want to stay at their houses while the storm hit, but they stayed because they did not want anything to happen to their property (i.e., vandalism).

Keywords: Community; Coping; Fear; Governor; Helping; Home; House; Moved; Neighbors; Prepared adequately; Property; Storm; Suffered; Vandalized

00:14:11 - Media coverage

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Partial Transcript: Do you think that the media coverage adequately portrayed what was going on, or was it sensationalized?

Segment Synopsis: Williams explains that the media did not over exaggerate the storm. She believes that one wouldn't know unless they have witnessed it with their own eyes. Fortunately for her, her daily life went back to normal after the storm.

Keywords: After the storm; Appearance; Area; Barack Obama; Building; Changed; Chris Christie; Coverage; Daily life; Damage; Evacuate; Governor; Governor Christie; Job; Keansburg; Media; Normal; President; President Obama; Sensationalized

GPS: Keansburg, Nj.
Map Coordinates: 40.441735, -74.130896
00:17:03 - Impact on politics

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Partial Transcript: Okay. Do you think the storm had an impact on the presidential election, taking into account the fact that many people's normal places for voting were moved or they weren't able to get to somewhere to vote at all? Do you think that impacted the election in any way?

Segment Synopsis: Williams believes there was no impact on the presidential or gubernatorial election after Hurricane Sandy. She also believes that Governor Christie did his job in warning people to leave before the storm.

Keywords: Area; Chris Christie; Christie; Election; Governor Christie; Gubernatorial campaign; Impacting; Job; Moved; Phone; Presidential campaign; Storm; Voting

00:18:44 - Legacy of the storm / word of advice

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Partial Transcript: Okay. Do you think that the storm has a central message, or it carries a legacy at all?

Segment Synopsis: Williams feels as though the legacy of the storm is to listen to the governor's evacuation warnings next time. She also feels sympathy for those in Oklahoma who suffered damage from tornadoes.

Keywords: Destroyed; Devastation; Governor; Home; Hurricane Sandy; Legacy; Lost; Message; Oklahoma; Storm; Suffered; Town