After the tumultuous night of October 29, 2012, the residents of
Monmouth, Ocean, and Atlantic Counties faced an enormous and pressing
question: What to do? The stories captured in this book encompass their
answer to that question: the clean-up efforts, the work with
governmental and non-governmental aid agencies, and the fraught choices
concerning rebuilding. Through a rich and varied set of oral histories
that provide perspective on disaster planning, response, and recovery in
New Jersey, Abigail Perkiss captures the experience of these
individuals caught in between short-term preparedness initiatives that
municipal and state governments undertook and the long-term planning
decisions that created the conditions for catastrophic property damage.
Through these stories, Hurricane Sandy on New Jersey's Forgotten Shore (Cornell UP, 2022) lays bare the ways that climate change and sea level rise are creating critical vulnerabilities in the most densely populated areas in the nation, illuminating the human toll of disaster and the human capacity for resilience.