Interview with Iris Miranda, May 15, 2013

Miranda discusses her family and her background. She also talks about how she and her husband picked their house. Miranda talks about family visits to New Jersey from Brooklyn, NY. She also spoke highly about the schools and how they handle issues. Miranda describes how she prepared for the storm. She traveled to Edison before the storm and tells about the foods she brought in preparation. Miranda talks about leaving to Edison before the storm. She also describes the weather while the storm commenced. Miranda describes the day after the storm. She came back from Edison to see her house which was unrecognizable after all the damage. Miranda talks about going back to Middletown to see what was left of her house after the storm. She also talks about the mood of the community when she went to visit. Miranda discusses how she and her family were able to clean their house upon returning. She also discloses that she received supplies from visiting family and her husband drove an hour and a half just to get gas. Miranda describes the difficult time she had trying to get support. FEMA and her insurance company couldn't really help her family in their time of need. Miranda describes her frustrations as she and her family had to clean up their house without the help she saw others receive. She also talks about the help received from the Amish with gutting their kitchen. Miranda talks about not receiving governmental aid at all when she was in need. She also believes that New Jersey wasn't as prepared as it should have been. Miranda talks about how the media gave "a good show." She also talks about the president and governor making an appearance. Unfortunately, of all the donations made towards Hurricane Sandy, Miranda was unable to see any of it. Miranda describes her daily life after the storm. She also talks about the damages to her house that were not covered by insurance. Miranda thinks the storm did not impact either the presidential or gubernatorial election. She talks about hoping that a storm like Sandy never hits them again.

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