On October 29th 2012, the superstorm hurricane Sandy hit New Jersey, USA. The storm that had started in the Caribbean sea was to be the second most deadliest hurricane in US history, second only to hurricane Katrina. At least 233 people lost their lives throughout the course of the storm, 34 of which were from New Jersey, close to the Boardwalk.
As well as the tragic loss of life, hurricane Sandy caused over two million households in the state to loose power and 346,000 homes were left damaged or destroyed when storm surge and flooding hit.
Boardwalk Stories from Sandy is a walking tour app in our AppTrails portfolio. It uses GPS-based technology to bring you stories of people who were affected by Superstorm Sandy.
Listeners will hear the stories of people who were on the scene when Sandy battered the shore, along with stories from people who are leading the rebuilding and you will hear from those who warn about rebuilding on a part of land so at risk from nature.
Radio producer Benjamen Walker co-produced the tour with fellow radio producer Francesca Panetta, they were assisted by radio producer Ravenna Koenig.
The story of the production of this app is particularly harrowing as the release was delayed a year because of the September 2013 boardwalk fire. “We finished the app just two days before the September 12, 2013 fire,” said Walker. Walker and team had to regroup since there were initially multiple stops at locations that were destroyed in the fire.
“The team is excited to finally get the app into the hands and ears of everyone who visits Seaside Park and Seaside Heights. If you can’t make it to the boardwalk, you can still listen at home,” said Walker.