Latest from Brianna Sacks

For some, life after Ian is ‘more tragic than the hurricane itself’

Scores of Hurricane Ian survivors are navigating the "storm after the storm," the seemingly never-ending marathon that is navigating America’s slow, complex and dysfunctional disaster response.

February 1, 2023

Death toll in Buffalo blizzard rises; delayed emergency response cited

The announcement of three more deaths possibly attributed to EMS delays comes amid blowback from residents about the city’s preparation for December's blizzard.

January 19, 2023

At least 2 dead as fierce rains and winds again batter California

A storm in Northern California killed at least two people, caused power outages and spurred evacuations. Officials fear flooding and avalanches could lie ahead.

January 5, 2023

    Trailer park evacuates during California floods

    Climate reporter Brianna Sacks reports from the Mirabel trailer park in Forestville, Calif. on Jan. 5 as residents evacuated from rising floodwaters.

    January 5, 2023

    What it’s like to suffer through an atmospheric river in California

    Residents of a California trailer park near the Russian River must evacuate — an exhausting, expensive move that's become routine amid atmospheric rivers.

    January 5, 2023

      Buffalo blizzard fuels racial and class divides in polarized city

      Residents and community leaders said wealthier and Whiter suburbs appeared to be more prepared, their response better coordinated, their power returned faster.

      December 29, 2022

      Top Buffalo-area official shoulders blame for late blizzard travel ban

      Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz said he does not know whether instituting the ban earlier “would have changed anything but it was my decision and I bear full responsibility.”

      December 29, 2022

      Buffalo’s no stranger to snow. Why was the storm so deadly?

      The devastating impact is, in large part, due to a collision of a historic blizzard, bad timing, a dearth of emergency management resources, and the immense difficulty of trying to force residents who are largely desensitized to severe weather to abandon much-needed jobs wages.

      December 27, 2022

      A dangerous side of America’s digital divide: Who receives emergency alerts

      People with little to no cellphone service, particularly in rural areas, face danger as storms approach and they are unable to receive alerts and make calls.

      December 21, 2022