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Suggested Questions

Use these questions to help guide your self-reflection or interview. If you are conducting an oral history interview, remember that it's okay to let the conversation flow naturally and lead you to other topics.

What changes are you experiencing due to the COVID-19 pandemic? How has your daily life been impacted? What has changed in your work life? Your relationship with friends and family?

How do you see your community changing with the pandemic? Describe life in your community before and after the outbreak. How are community members responding to the virus?

How are you staying in touch with others during this time of stay-at-home orders and physical distancing? How are you spending time at home? What helps you feel you will get through this?

Do you remember the April Fools’ Day Flood of 1987? Where were you on that day? What did you witness? How did you feel? What impacts did the flood have on your community?

Do you remember the ice storm of 1998? Where were you then? What did you witness? How did you feel? What impacts did the storm have on your community?

Do you remember the West Paris train derailment of ______? Where were you on that day? What did you witness? How did you feel? What impacts did the derailment have on your community?

Have you lived through any other emergency situations? What do you remember most about those events? What will be important to share about these experiences with future generations?