Hazards

It is important for you to know what hazards may impact Boston. The City of Boston has created this information source to educate and prepare you so that you are ready for any hazard, any time.

  • Blackout (75)

    Blackouts

    Blackouts can happen anywhere, and to anyone, so being prepared is important. In March 2012, the Back Bay area experienced a wid-spread blackout that left thousands of residents and hundreds of busineses without power for days.

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  • Cyber Security (75)

    Cyber Security

    All residents and public and private sector partners should be educated on cyber threats and how to safeguard themselves at home, work and school. Our critical infrastructure depends on information technology systems for essential operations and residents should safeguard their digital information.

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  • Earthquake

    Earthquake

    An earthquake is the sudden, rapid shaking of the earth, caused by the breaking and shifting of tectonic plates. Massachusetts experiences an average of five earthquakes per year. Since it is impossible to predict when an earthquake will occur, it's best to prepare now.

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  • Extreme Heat (75)

    Extreme Heat

    In extreme heat and high humidity, evaporation is slowed and the body must work extra hard to maintain a normal temperature. These conditions can be dangerous and even life-threatening.

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  • Fire

    Fire

    Fire spreads quickly. In just two minutes a fire can become life-threatening, leaving very little time to gather your family and escape.

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  • Flood

    Flood

    Flooding is a common natural disaster throughout the country and continue to occur in Boston. Therefore, it's important to be prepared for flooding no matter where you live.

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  • Influenza Pandemic (443)

    Influenza Pandemic

    An influenza pandemic occurs when a new influenza virus emerges and causes serious illness.

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  • Terrorism

    Terrorism

    A terrorist's primary objective is to create fear. With accurate information and basic emergency preparedness, you can fight back. As we experienced during the tragic Marathon Monday events on April 15, 2013, terrorism can take the form of many different hazards.

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  • Thunderstorm & Lightning

    Thunderstorm & Lightning

    All thunderstorms can be dangerous since each one produces lightning. Annually 300 people are injured and 60 people are killed by lightning in the United States.

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  • Tornado

    Tornado

    Tornadoes, spawnd from powerful thunderstorms, are nature's most violent storms with the ability to cause fatalities and devastate a neighborhood in seconds. A tornado appears as a rotating, funnel-shaped cloud that extends from a thunderstorm to the ground with whirling winds that can reach 300 miles per hour.

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  • Winter Storms & Extreme Cold

    Winter Storms & Extreme Cold

    Heavy snowfall and extreme cold can immobilize an entire region. Winter storms can result in flooding, storm surge, closed highways, blocked roads, downed power lines, and hypothermia.

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  • Other Hazards

    There are many different hazards that could potentially impact Boston. It is important to know more about them and how you can prepare yourself and your family. Visit Ready.Gov

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