Interview with Dorothy and Robert Gajewski, August 28, 2013



Description: 
Dorothy discusses how she came to live at Union Beach with her sisters. She also talks about what it was like being born and raised in Jersey City, New Jersey. Dorothy tells about the school in Union Beach, which she has heard good things about from her nieces and nephews. She also talks about the help that the community, churches, and organizations such as the Red Cross and Salvation Army had provided. Robert describes the lack of damages he discovered when he came back home after being evacuated for Hurricane Irene. He also talks about how they planned to stick through Hurricane Sandy despite the evacuation warnings. Dorothy describes spending her and Robert's twentieth wedding anniversary in the Comfort Inn after leaving their home. She also tells a story about her friend's niece who did not take the warnings seriously and ended up in the attic of her apartment calling for help during the storm. Robert describes the process they went through calling organizations for support the day after the storm. After having adjusters come to the house, they were told that the house had to get knocked down. Robert discusses the lack of help they received when looking to FEMA and his insurance company. Dorothy describes that she cannot climb stairs nor have a two-story house because of her illness. Dorothy talks about renting a pod for all of her belongings and keepsakes. She also describes how the community wanted more from their insurance companies. Dorothy talks about how one of the schools was closed until June. She also discusses how people from overseas sent up to $600 and gift cards to each family in need. Dorothy and Robert Gajewski discuss the lack of preparations by New Jersey for the storm. They believe this is because no one expected a storm of this magnitude. Both Robert and Dorothy discuss how they believe it was a good idea for President Obama to make his appearance in Union Beach. Dorothy also states that her opinion on Governor Christie did not change after his role in Hurricane Sandy relief. Dorothy discusses feeling like she has no place to go after the storm. Robert adds that it is important to listen to the warnings given.

Interview Accession: 
2017oh100_sandy021
Interviewee: 
Interviewer: 
Interview Date: 
2013-08-28
Interview Keywords: 
LC Subjects: 

Restriction: 
No Restrictions

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/xt7n028pg78x