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.

POSTED 1/19/2019 AT 12:10pm

Winter Storm Harper Update

Winter Weather Advisory

The storm which is forecasted to take place this afternoon/evening continues to be complicated to track. AS we continue to monitor the weather, we are expecting snow to begin around 4-5 p.m. and continue until approximately midnight, at which point it will turn to freezing rain and sleet, which will continue until mid-day Sunday.

Models show snow totals between 2-6” as well as ice totals of up to a quarter of an inch.

Temperatures will be all over the place, ranging from 30’s today and tomorrow but dropping to the 20’s on Sunday afternoon and then down to a low of 8 degrees for Sunday evening. This change in temperatures will bring a flash freeze to Madison.

At this point, Madison Department of Public Works is prepared to treat all borough roadways by plowing, salting, etc. 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 due to the freezing rain/sleet and dropping temperatures.

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.

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.

Governor Murphy has declared a state of emergency, effective from 12:00 p.m. on January 19, 2019 until it is determined that an emergency no longer exists.

Throughout the duration of the storm we will continue to update Madison residents via borough social media, and when necessary, Nixle.

We ask all residents to be smart, stay warm and most importantly, be safe!

POSTED 1/18/2019 AT 4:15pm

The Borough of Madison is continuing to monitor the weekend winter weather that is forecasted for the area. As of this message, Madison is projected to receive between 3.0” to 6.0” of snow/sleet Saturday night into Sunday morning followed by freezing rain and a deep freeze.

Residents are asked to use caution on roadways and only travel if necessary. Staying off the road will allow for the Department of Public Works to plow and treat borough roadways without disruptions.

Now is the time to make sure that your car is filled with gas and that generators are topped off with fuel and working properly.

Madison Police Department is operational 24/7. In the event of a power outage, please contact 973-966-7330 which is answered 24/7/365. We ask that you reserve 911 for emergencies only.

In the event you come across a downed utility line, observe extra caution and DO NOT TOUCH OR GO NEAR IT and immediately contact Madison Police at 973-593-3000.

Updates throughout the weekend will be made via Borough social media, and Nixle.

Most importantly, we ask all residents to stay warm and safe!

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 NotiftMe & Nixle 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

Previous Notices

  1. 1/17/2019
  2. 12/13/2018
  3. 11/14/2018

Borough of Madison Holds Preparedness Meeting Ahead of Winter Storms - 1/17/2019

Winter Weather AdvisoryThe Borough of Madison is continuing to monitor the inbound weather event that will impact Madison. The snow that is anticipated to arrive later this evening (Thursday) and fall into tomorrow morning (Friday) appears to be a minor storm, with accumulations between 1.0” – 2.0”.

Madison Department of Public Works is currently applying a salt paste pre-treatment to all borough roadways, and will have crews ready to treat roadways when accumulation occurs. In addition, Madison Police, Fire and Electric Departments have adequate employees ready to be dispatched in the event of emergencies and power outages.

The weekend storm system is currently a changing storm system. Due to the data and forecasts varying over the course of the next 24 hours, the borough is closely monitoring the weather system and will continue to provide updates as necessary.

“Madison officials held an internal pre-storm meeting this afternoon, where it was determined that we are ready and prepared for both storms - the one late this evening and the one that is forecasted to begin on Sunday afternoon into Monday morning,” said Mayor Robert H. Conley. “All departments that are critical during these times have met and prepared required equipment and personnel. The Department of Public works is prepared to treat and maintaining roadways as the weather shifts from snow to freezing rain, followed by a quick change of temperature. As with any storm, I ask that all residents please obey direction and communication from borough officials, so that we can safely treat and clear roadways,” continued Conley.

We encourage residents to remain off the roadways when snow accumulation takes place, to allow for the Department of Public Works, Morris County and State DOT crews to plow and treat covered roadways. Residents are reminded that in the event of a power outage to please call (973) 966-7330 which is answered 24/7/365. Please reserve 911 for emergencies only.

Updates, as necessary, will be posted on borough social media (Facebook & Twitter), and sent out via Nixle.Overnight Parking Suspended_Construction

A copy of the release can be found here

Overnight parking has been suspended on all borough streets for tonight, Thursday, January 17th.