BUFFALO, N.Y. – City of Buffalo Mayor Byron W. Brown’s Storm Response Task Force has issued the winter weather preparation assessment and recommendations for the upcoming season.
“We don’t know what magnitude of winter storms our city will face in the future, but what we do know, is that ‘once-in-a -generation storms’ may no longer be ‘once-in-a-generation,’” said Mayor Brown. “That’s why my administration and this task force have been collaborating to put measures in place that will help us prepare for the upcoming winter season.”
Immediately following the historic December ’22 blizzard, Mayor Brown reached out to NYU requesting a study to examine the response to the blizzard in Buffalo – the epicenter of the blizzard. The report called “Lessons Learned from the Buffalo Blizzard” offers suggestions as to what steps the city, and its partners, can take to better manage serious winter storms and other weather events. Additional recommendations have come from many other places as well, including from city staff.
Mayor Brown created the Storm Response Task Force to review and generate additional suggestions. The Task Force includes residents, city, county, and state government representatives as well as representatives from National Grid, Charter Communications, local businesses, and neighborhood associations.
Over the last few months, Task Force members have worked together to develop and compile a list of recommendations for the incoming winter season. The Task Force’s recommendations will help increase collaboration, better educate the public about winter readiness, increase winter weather safety, and improve extreme weather responses.
The 2023-2024 City of Buffalo Snow Plan will incorporate the recommendations that are pertinent to city services before, during, and after a major winter weather event. The Snow Plan will be filed with the Common Council prior to the November 1st deadline.