Interview with Millie Gonzalez, June 12, 2013



Description: 
Gonzalez talks about feeling like New Jersey is her home and where she belongs. She also states that crime is very uncommon in her neighborhood in Union Beach. Gonzalez mentions thinking about the damage caused by Hurricane Irene when she first heard Hurricane Sandy was coming. She also states that she and her family were not scared of the storm and tried to prepare as much as they could. Gonzalez talks about getting information from Facebook because it was much faster than checking news websites. She discusses the water around her sister's house in Keansburg rising quickly. Gonzalez describes the damages her sister had faced from the storm. She also talks about the difference in the mood of the community between Keansburg and Union Beach after Hurricane Sandy hit. Gonzalez describes how the days after the storm were in her sister's house. She also mentions that she made no preparations to preserve her home before the storm. Gonzalez talks about the lines at McDonald's after it had finally opened again after the storm. She also mentions how hard it was to get gas and how it wasn't really worth it because there was nowhere to go (most places were still not opened at the time). Gonzalez describes the feelings she endured while trying to cope with the remains of Hurricane Sandy. Gonzalez talks about the sense of community yet sense of anger and frustration given off by the residents in her neighborhood. Gonzalez discusses those of the Gateway Church of Christ coming to assist her and her family. She also discusses the aid given from those at the Borough Hall. Gonzalez discusses having her house gutted but then the process stopped because there was too much damage done. Gonzalez believes that there could not be a way preparations could have gone differently only because a storm of this magnitude was never expected. She also believes the hurricane hit because of Mother Nature reacting to the damage against the Earth. Gonzalez discusses how she feels as though there were not enough local voices heard on the news. She also states that her opinion would change if the president or governor were in the neighborhoods without the presence of cameras. She also talks about the new rules about raising houses and how they relate to her disability in terms of getting in and out of her house.

Interview Accession: 
2017oh102_sandy023
Interviewee: 
Interviewer: 
Interview Date: 
2013-06-12
Interview Keywords: 

Submit a request for access to a copy of this interview. If you do not have an account, you will be prompted to set up an account in order to submit this request. If you already have an account, log in to your account when prompted.


To request an interview using our request system, you have accepted (or for first-time users you will need to accept) the terms of our user agreement below.

USER AGREEMENT
LOUIE B. NUNN CENTER FOR ORAL HISTORY
COPYRIGHTED MATERIALS

This AGREEMENT is for materials whose intellectual and physical property rights reside with the University of Kentucky (UK) through creation, purchase, gift/donation, or has been assigned to the University of Kentucky for the purpose of research or publication.

Use of materials is expressly limited as described in this user agreement. As a condition of UK providing recorded interview(s) THROUGH THIS ONLINE PATRON ACCOUNT OR OTHER DELIVERY METHOD, and/or subsequent transcript(s) of such, you agree to strictly abide by the following:
Copyright to the recorded interview(s) and/or subsequent transcript(s) of such remains with the University of Kentucky and when use is permitted appropriate copyright credit must be given to UK:

© University of Kentucky, all rights reserved, (Project Name), Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

WHEN permission is granted, it is for one time use only and any subsequent use, including reproduction of recorded interview(s) and/or subsequent transcript(s) of such will require an additional user agreement.

While the University of Kentucky asserts ownership of the items, your use of the recorded interview(s) and/or subsequent transcript(s) of such is strictly at your own risk. The user agrees to hold harmless UK, their officers, directors, employees and affiliated entities, any and all of them, against and from any liability, loss, cost, or expense whatsoever, including attorney's fees, arising out of or relating to use of the recorded interview(s) and/or subsequent transcript(s) of such. UK is solely responsible for making the recorded interview(s) and/or subsequent transcript(s) of such available to you pursuant to this user agreement.

User agrees that any violation of this user agreement will cause irreparable harm to UK, agrees that injunctive relief (a court order directing that you cease activity) is an appropriate remedy and consents to such relief. Injunctive relief will be in addition to any and all remedies that may be available.

I understand that I must provide the University of Kentucky Libraries two (2) copies of any published work (includes books, journals, pamphlets, flyers, buttons, labels, video productions, etc.) free of charge. Ship to the address below:

Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History
Special Collections
University of Kentucky Libraries
Margaret I. King Building
Lexington, KY 40506-0039


  

  

Persistent Link for this Record: https://kentuckyoralhistory.org/catalog/xt7cfx73xr28