A method and apparatus for detecting broadcast storms in an emulated Local Area Network are provided. The broadcast rates of the nodes in the emulated Local Area Network are monitored during monitoring periods. The broadcast rate for a node is the rate at which a LAN emulation server receives broadcast messages from the node during a monitoring period. Each of the broadcast rates is compared with a maximum allowed broadcast rate. If any of the broadcast rates exceeds the maximum allowed broadcast rate, then it is determined that a broadcast storm is occurring. Once it is determined that a broadcast storm is occurring, various countermeasures can be taken. For example, a warning indication may be generated, messages from the node that is causing the broadcast storm may be ignored until the broadcast storm stops, or the node that is causing the broadcast storm may be removed from the emulated Local Area Network. Each node may have its own maximum allowed broadcast rate and its own countermeasure policy, or a single rate and policy may apply to an entire emulated Local Area Network or to an entire set of emulated Local Area Networks.