Hurricane Sandy was one of the most devastating natural disasters ever to hit the United States, and perhaps the most destructive to target New Jersey. It is estimated to have caused over $30 billion in damage, taken at least 37 lives, and destroyed thousands of homes and businesses. No event in recent history has caused as much disruption to life and livelihood in the state.
The Hurricane Sandy Oral History Project aims to preserve the memories of people whose lives have been affected by the storm and its aftermath. Developed by an undergraduate history course - HIS 464 Hurricane Sandy Oral History Seminar - the Project is course-based and student-driven, a reflection of TCNJ's commitment to community engagement, undergraduate research, and personalized, collaborative education.
On this website, you will find narratives drawn from these interviews. They are individual stories about Hurricane Sandy, in the very words of the people who experienced them. We hope that these stories will draw attention to how Hurricane Sandy has transformed the lives of a wide range of people in the State of New Jersey. We also hope they will serve as a testament to the spirit of the Jersey Shore, and a reminder that the recovery process is far from over.
We are posting new narratives daily. Please visit again to read more stories!