Early on the morning of August 24, 1992, Hurricane Andrew struck South Florida. Following the storm more than 1.4 million families were left without electricity; more than 107,000 private homes were damaged or destroyed; 49,000 were uninhabitable and 250,000 people were left homeless. Damages from the storm were estimated at $20 to $30 billion, making it the most costly natural disaster in American history.
This web site provides an online archive of approximately seventy oral history interviews with people who not only lived through Hurricane Andrew, but also experienced the subsequent recovery process in the first months after the storm. The interviews were conducted by undergraduate and graduate students at the University of Miami under the supervision of Professor Eugene F. Provenzo, Jr. Department of Teaching and Learning, School of Education, University of Miami. The web site includes not only the full text of interviews, as well as selected digital audio files.
Interviews can be accessed by clicking on the Interviews button on the left. Background on how this project was organized and conducted can be found by linking to the About this Project button on the left. This information is also available in the book In the Eye of Hurricane Andrew, which was published for the tenth anniversary of the storm in the summer of 2002 by the University Press of Florida. The book draws on the interviews included in this web site to create a history of Hurricane Andrew and the South Florida community’s subsequent recovery. My wife Asterie Baker Provenzo and I wrote the book in collaboration with the students’ who conducted the interviews found on this web site.
This web site was developed in collaboration with the Archives and Special Collections unit of the Otto G. Richter Library, University of Miami. Ruthanne Vogel, Research Services and Digital Collection Librarian, Archives and Special Collections provided special assistance with the development of the site, as did Bryanna Herzog, Sean Wolridge, and Fabian Rodriguez, Digital Media Projects Director, in the library’s Digital Library Initiatives Department. Oversight and development of the web site was conducted by Donner Valle.
Special thanks go to the students who participated in this project, as well as to Asterie Baker Provenzo, without whom this project and In the Eye of Hurricane Andrew would not have been completed.
Eugene F. Provenzo, Jr.
Department of Teaching and Learning
School of Education
University of Miami