Storm Preparedness

The Borough of Madison continuously monitors storms that have a potential impact on Madison. In the event of sever weather, Madison residents are reminded of the below important information.

If needed, the Borough will activate the Office of Emergency Management (OEM). In the event that the OEM is activated, all calls that are not an emergency will be picked up 24 hours a day by calling the OEM number at (973) 408-8787.

Please find the latest updates below.

Reporting a Power Outage

Residents who are left without Electric-Water Slidepower are encouraged to call (973) 966-7330 to report their outage. This number is answered 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. 

In the event of severe weather, residents should immediately report downed wires to the Madison Electric Department at the number listed above. Residents should never go near a downed power line, even if they think it is no longer carrying electricity. Extra caution should be used in areas where downed lines are tangled in trees or other debris. Motorists are cautioned to treat intersections with inoperable traffic signals as four-way stops.

Receiving notifications throughout local emergencies


Residents are urged to register for AlertMadison & NotiftMe to receive urgent notifications throughout the duration of the storm. In addition, all correspondence will be posted to Rosenet and on the Borough social media channels:



In the event of inclement weather in the forecast, residents are encouraged to prepare for the possibility of outages:

  • Keep electronic devices such as cell phones, laptops and tablet computers fully charged to be ready for any emergencies;
  • Keep a flashlight, portable radio and extra batteries handy in the event a power interruption occurs. Tune to a local station for current storm information;
  • Never use a portable generator inside the house or a closed garage in the event of a power outage. Ensure the proper generator is selected and installed by a qualified electrician. When operating a generator, the power coming into the home should always be disconnected. Otherwise, power from the generator could be sent back onto the utility lines, creating a hazardous situation for utility workers;
  • Gather extra blankets or a sleeping bag for each person. Do not use gas stoves, kerosene heaters or other open-flame heat sources to prevent deadly carbon monoxide gas from building up in your home;
  • If you have a water well and pump, keep an emergency supply of bottled water and/or fill your bathtub with fresh water;
  • Stock an emergency supply of convenience foods that do not require cooking;
  • Mobile phones can be charged in your vehicle using a car charger when the power is out. If you have a smart phone, this will ensure you have access to online information sources;
  • Fill your gas tank. This adds weight to the vehicle which will provide better traction in the snow if driving becomes absolutely necessary;
  • Increase the cold setting in the refrigerator, In the event of a power loss, food will be maintained for a longer period;
  • Maintain a good shovel – Residents who are capable of shoveling could assist seniors and other neighbors who are unable to clear a path to the residence. This will assist local emergency responders in the event that they respond to the residence;
  • Residents can assist the local Fire Department by making sure that fire hydrants are accessible with the snow cleared;
  • Residents can assist DPW by making sure that residential storm drains are cleared of snow

All Updates and Notices

  1. 1/30/2021
  2. 12/15/2020
  3. 8/5/2020
  4. 12/3/2019
  5. 3/3/2019
  6. 3/1/2019
  7. 2/19/2019
  8. 2/11/2019
  9. 1/29/2019
  10. 1/19/2019
  11. 1/17/2019
  12. 12/13/2018
  13. 11/14/2018

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning which is in effect from 5:00 P.M. Sunday until 1:00 P.M. Tuesday. The Borough of Madison will closely be monitoring the prolonged Nor’easter.

Current weather forecast shows snow totals between 9-14”.

At this point, Madison Department of Public Works is prepared to treat all borough roadways. Please note that although a roadway might be plowed, it does not mean you should get into a vehicle and drive, as black ice is possible throughout the duration of this storm.

The Madison Police and Fire Departments are prepared to respond to emergencies if needed. Madison Police Department can be reached for non-emergencies 24/7 at 973-593-3000.

Due to the forecasted inclement weather, overnight parking will be suspended beginning the evening of January 31. It's a violation to park a vehicle on a snow-covered roadway regardless of whether or not a form for overnight parking has been submitted.

All Borough of Madison Offices (Except for Emergency Services) will be closed on Monday, February 1

We remind all residents that in the event of a power outage, or downed lines, please do not approach, and call 973-966-7330 which is answered 24/7/365. We ask that you reserve 911 for emergencies only.

Throughout the duration of the storm we will continue to update Madison residents via borough social media, and when necessary, Alert Madison. We ask all residents to be smart, stay warm and most importantly, be safe!