Published December 28, 2022
I wanted to once again thank all the individuals at the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at the University at Buffalo and our hospital partners who continued working throughout the devastating blizzard.
Our faculty and residents slept on hospital floors, worked long shifts, and selflessly helped others. Our essential employees – the university police, facilities, environment, health and safety – continued to do their part to ensure our university operated smoothly. Their UB True Blue spirit and bravery was a gift to our Buffalo community when it needed it most.
While the storm has passed, its impact will continue to be felt for some time. I’ve heard too many stories of individuals who didn’t find warmth; homes without electricity or heat; and families who went without food, shelter, and essentials. The number of people who were unable to get to the help they needed during the storm’s threatening conditions further underscored the very real disparities in Buffalo.
With search and recovery underway, the death toll from the storm continues to rise. I know that all of us at the Jacobs School feel sadness over these losses and share our condolences to those families affected.
How we weathered the storm as an institution says a lot about the Jacobs School. We showed, once again, how the City of Good Neighbors comes together to lift one another up.
My heart is full of gratitude for the teamwork and bravery seen during the Blizzard of 2022, throughout this past year, and what will come as we enter the new year.
Allison Brashear, MD, MBA
Dean, Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
Vice President for Health Sciences