Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History

Interview with Henrietta Williams, March 19, 2015

Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries
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00:00:01 - Interview introduction

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Partial Transcript: Okay. And could you just let me know your first and last name, please?

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

00:00:23 - Keansburg two years after Hurricane Sandy

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Partial Transcript: So your last interview took place about two years ago now.

Segment Synopsis: Williams describes her town now, stating that she was one of the lucky ones who didn't receive water in her house. She also says that about seventy-five percent of her town still needs to be rebuilt.

Keywords: Beach; Businesses; Contractors; Family; Home; House; Hurricane Sandy; Jersey shore; Keansburg; Keyport; Living; Money; Municipality; Port Monmouth; Rebuild; Shore; Town; Water

GPS: Keansburg, Nj.
Map Coordinates: 40.441669, -74.129823
00:04:48 - Comparison between Hurricanes Irene and Sandy

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Partial Transcript: Do you feel like the town has a plan for if this ever happened again?

Segment Synopsis: Williams discusses plans for Keansburg after Hurricane Sandy. She also tells about people misjudging the storm because of a comparison with Hurricane Irene.

Keywords: After the storm; Damage; Devastation; Emergency; Home; Hurricane Irene; Hurricane Sandy; Jersey shore; Keansburg; Keyport; Magnitude; Media; Money; Plans; Port Monmouth; Preparations; Storm; Town; Weather; Wind

00:07:38 - Rebuilding of Jersey Shore

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Partial Transcript: As far as Governor Christie, he was very-- implementing in right after the storm happened and making sure that he was seen. Do you feel like he's followed through with the people of the shore?

Segment Synopsis: Williams talks about how much quicker the tourist areas of the Jersey shore were rebuilt than towns like Keansburg. She also does not believe the promises of the president were made true.

Keywords: After the storm; Barack Obama; Chris Christie; Communities; Coverage; Emergency; Flood; Governor Christie; Home; House; Income; Keansburg; Lived; Media; Money; President Obama; Property; Rebuild; Renting; Seaside Heights; Shore; Town

00:11:06 - Reflecting on preparation before the storm

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Partial Transcript: Um, now that the original emergency mode has died down, um, being two years later since the storm, how do you feel about it looking back?

Segment Synopsis: Williams discusses how people should have listened to the warnings. She also talks about what she believes to be a better way to alert people when there is another natural disaster on the way.

Keywords: After the storm; Beach; Children; Emergency; Evacuate; Flood; Food; Heat; Home; House; Hurricane; Hurricane Irene; Hurricane Sandy; Lived; Lost; Oklahoma; Preparation; Prepared; School; Storm; Weather