Severe Weather

When severe weather is imminent, the University continually monitors conditions to determine whether a closure is necessary. While several factors are taken into consideration, the primary focus is the safety of the University community.

As a rule of thumb, if New York City closes its public schools or if the MTA halts city bus and subway service due to weather, then NYU will cancel classes and administrative offices will be closed. If snow does not disrupt the operation of New York City public schools or city transit systems, you can assume classes and University activities will go forward and all University offices will be open.

This rule of thumb may not be able to be applied in all situations. Please see the additional guidelines below to understand the impact on university activities given the threat of severe weather.

Emergency Communication

During emergencies, the latest information will be communicated on the Information Alerts webpage and through blast messages via text, email or voice message to mobile devices. For more information regarding NYU’s emergency communication click here.

Hurricanes, Tropical Storms and Winter Storms

You should always have a plan in place for what to do when a major storm is approaching.

In the event of an impending storm, you should:

  • Familiarize yourself with all methods of NYU communication.
  • Prepare your Emergency Go Kit, which should have enough food and water for 3 days for each family member.
  • Be sure that you have a weeks worth of medications on hand.
  • Make sure you have extra batteries for your flashlights.
  • Listen and watch for news updates.
  • Listen and watch for information regarding the potential suspension of University activities.
  • Keep dry.
  • Report any downed power lines immediately to Public Safety.
  • Minimize travel on the road. Drive only if it is absolutely necessary.

Additional resources:

NYC Office of Emergency Management information: click here

National Weather Service preparedness information: click here

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) information: click here

The American Red Cross guidance on winter conditions: click here

Heat Wave

In New York City, a heat wave is defined as three consecutive days of temperatures exceeding 90 degrees. High temperatures and high humidity make it difficult for the human body to cool itself (consider yourself). More people in the United States die during heat waves each year than in any other type of weather event.

In the event of a heat wave, you should:

  • Stay out of the sun in a cool place.
  • Drink plenty of fluids even if you do not feel thirsty.
  • Dress appropriately (wear loose-fitting, lightweight clothing and wear a wide brimmed hat).
  • For emergency information at other sites around NYU's global network, contact the site director.

Additional resources:

The NYC Office of Emergency Management resources: click here

NYC cooling centers: click here