03 Speaking to a coworker (3)

B’s story (second part)


Two coworkers, A and B, participated today.
They asked each other many questions about their thoughts and experiences of the disaster, changing their roles as interviewer and interviewee in the middle of the conversation. This article presents B’s story, as interviewed by A. (Here is the first part. Here is A’s interview)




This is the second part of B’s interview.
When asked what she cherishes, B used the words “bonds”, “friendship”, and “relationships.” When B checked her cell phone after charging it when the electricity came back a week after the disaster, she found messages from people that she hadn’t spoken to for a long time. Seeing them surprised her—they made her realize that this is how people reach out. A agreed, and they spoke about how connections should be cherished.
The next question was about how B’s thinking has changed recently. She answered that she realized it’s not possible to stay calm in a disaster. No matter how much knowledge she accumulates, no matter how much she prepares, she will still be vulnerable if something like that happens again. A sympathizes with her, but also adds that recalling how she handled a certain situation the last time could come in handy if it happens again. They both agree that while experiencing a disaster firsthand is scary and difficult, taking the minimal precautions can be helpful. This includes carrying a portable flashlight and radio, and stocking up on emergency supplies. They go further to say that it could be useful to set aside a day to reflect on these issues. Perhaps we need a day to remind us that our “ordinary” lives are a blessing.




Interviewee: B (female)
Interviewer: A (female)
Recording date: 13 March 2019



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*This article was edited by recorder311 staff


Date of article: 30 November 2019