Brianna Sacks

Los Angeles, CA

Brianna explores how climate change is transforming the United States through violent storms, intense heat, widespread wildfires, and other forms of extreme weather. She deploys to disaster zones and does enterprise reporting on the preparations for, responses to and aftermaths of catastrophic events.
Latest from Brianna Sacks

‘Do people have to die?’ Why these Californians fear catastrophic floods.

Some towns in the San Joaquin Valley are facing the prospect of extreme flooding from what could be the largest amount of snowmelt in California history.

April 24, 2023

FEMA sued over using disaster funds to rebuild Puerto Rico’s power grid

Nine groups sued Tuesday alleging that FEMA is improperly using billions of dollars in congressionally appropriated disaster funds to repair Puerto Rico's grid.

April 12, 2023

California got all the snow and rain it needed. Now those could threaten a disaster.

As California’s historic snowfall gives way to the warmth of Spring, that snowpack will eventually melt, creating an even more historic risk for flooding in places woefully unprepared to handle it.

April 8, 2023

Insurers slashed Hurricane Ian payouts far below damage estimates, documents and insiders reveal

After Hurricane Ian, Florida insurance companies have been aggressively seeking to limit payouts by altering the work of licensed adjusters trained to assess damaged homes, according to a Washington Post investigation. As a result, homeowners are left footing most of the bill for repairs.

March 11, 2023

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