“Life After Sandy,” a three-hour series produced by Princeton Community Television, chronicles the Superstorm Sandy experience and what can be learned for future storms, according to a release from the television station.
The series, hosted by Jim Hooker, veteran journalist and former senior anchor and managing editor of NJN News on NJN Public Television, and produced by Janice Selinger, the former Acting Executive Director of NJN Public Television and 14-time Emmy award-winning producer, includes a half-hour documentary and three studio discussions with video components.
“This very strong block of programming presents an inside look at post-Sandy New Jersey from a number of important viewpoints,” Hooker said. “A taped segment features interviews and compelling video from the front lines of one community hit hard by the storm – Highlands. Roundtable discussions with journalists and artists as well as key figures from the non-profit world, the medical profession and government agencies also shed light on important information that we can all learn from.”
Selinger says her aim with the programming was to not only look back, but also to look ahead with an eye toward rebuilding safely and being prepared for the next storm.
“As we come up on the second anniversary of that devastating storm, I thought it was important to step back and take a look at how far we’ve come, where we’ve still got to go as a state and also how New Jerseyans can better protect themselves in the rebuilding and before another such storm strikes,” said Selinger, the brainchild behind the project.
The first hour-long program in the series, “Telling Sandy’s Stories,” featuring the work of three talented Jersey Shore natives who set out to document in their own individual way the tragedy as well as the fragile recovery that’s still ongoing.
The second part, “After Sandy: Rebuilding Safely,” looks at the importance of avoiding a second disaster as people clean-up and rebuild after a Hurricane.
The documentary portion, “A Place to Call Home,” takes viewers along for a day of interviews in Highlands, a community ravished by the superstorm.
A small segment also chronicles how staffers at Jenkinson’s Aquarium in Point Pleasant Beach cared for animals and marine life during the superstorm.
The series is available for streaming online and scheduled to air on Comcast in Monmouth and Ocean counties.