Severe Weather

Our world is affected, either positively or negatively, by weather. In general, we anticipate types of weather based on our climate and season of the year. Normal weather patterns produce normal weather events. However, it is the abnormal weather events, and the potential for increasing changes, that cause us concern.

Changes in our climate affect our environment and can impact our operations. We have undertaken an effort to proactively plan for our response to such changes. We have identified three main hazards associated with the changing climate and will adjust our severe weather plans accordingly:

  • Flooding from sea level rise, storm surges, and heavy rain events
  • Heat from increased intensity and duration of extreme heat events
  • Severe Weather from high winds to increased intensity of hurricanes, blizzards, snow and ice events, sustained rainstorms, or tornadoes

Most of these events will give us some warning of their onset. The Emergency Management Department monitors weather from a variety of sources and, when necessary, notifies the appropriate University officials to discuss the weather impact and associated response actions.

Boston University has been a StormReady Community since 2010 and is recognized for our commitment to preparedness, our outstanding communication systems, and for keeping Boston University students, faculty, and staff safe.

Preparing for the Seasons:

Summer & Fall



While severe weather may occur at any time of the year, there are some types of severe weather that are more commonly thought of as occurring in the spring time. They may seem unlikely to happen and affect you wherever you may be.

Natural Disasters