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

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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:

Facebook: www.facebook.com/MadisonNJGov/

Twitter: www.twitter.com/MadisonNJ_gov

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

8/5/2020
Mayor Conley provides and update as we clean up after Tropical Storm Isaias here.

The Borough of Madison has opened a cooling and charging center at Hartley Dodge Memorial (50 Kings Road) for residents who are still without power following yesterday’s weather event. This cooling center will be open until 4:30 P.M. 

Property damage and power outages from yesterday were less than the October tornado and far better than Superdtorm Sandy, but nonetheless it was a scary few hours and we will be working on the repairs and clean-up in the coming days.

Immediately after the storm, JCP&L reported over 130,000 outages in Morris County, Madison had approximately 500 outages. Our JCP&L feeder lines had a couple of “hiccups” which caused lights to flicker throughout town, but they held otherwise. Therefore there were no town-wide outages which we would have had to rely on JCP&L to repair. We thank JCP&L for the repairs completed on the lines after the storms in early July and appreciate their attention to keeping our feeder lines in top condition.

We had spot and individual power outages throughout town with a neighborhood-based outage on Maple Avenue due to a tree taking out several utility poles and an outage on Central Ave in the downtown area. Central Ave was restored at 3 P.M. Maple Ave. is expected to be restored possibly tonight or tomorrow at the latest while permanent repairs will continue over the next few weeks resulting in scheduled short-term outages. This is another time to be thankful for having our own electric utility.

As you clean up your properties from the storm,  please take advantage of the normal yard waste pickup for most of the debris. You can put branches up to 2” inches in diameter in barrels or bundles. Mayor Conley has directed Public Works to make one round throughout Madison to collect larger branches that may have come down in the storm. There will only be one round so please get the debris out to the curb now. Please don’t block any storm drains when you bring items to the curb. 

8/4/2020
Tropical Storm Isaias brought strong winds to Madison bringing power outages, downed trees and inaccessible roads. Madison Electric Department worked into the early morning hours to restore power to all residents. Madison Department of Public Works was out cutting trees to clear roadways and sidewalks, as soon and as safe as possible. 

Throughout the day, MPD and MFD worked to deploy barricades and respond to calls for pump-outs and other standard calls. 

As of the evening, Madison Elect. Dept. estimated restoration of power to all residents except those in the area of Maple and Hillside, and a select few on Central Avenue. Those larger hit areas are expected to be without power for 24-48 hours. 

We thank all residents for your patience & cooperation as Madison Elect., DPW, MPD & MFD worked to restore power, remove downed trees & deploy barricades/stop signs throughout town as a result of Tropical Storm Isaias.

8/3/2020
The Borough of Madison is continuing to monitor the inbound weather event from Tropical Storm Isaias that will impact Madison, beginning this evening, and lasting through tomorrow. Current forecasts from the National Weather Service shows Madison receiving rain, localized flooding and wind gusts.  

This morning, Mayor Conley held a virtual preparedness meeting with all departments to ensure that critical department (Madison Police Department, Fire Department, Electric Department and Department of Public Works) are adequately staffed, prepared and ready to respond in the event of flooding, power outages, downed trees or other natural disasters. All departments are currently in storm prep mode, ensuring that all equipment that could be necessary is prepared and ready to be deployed. Generators for our sump pumps have been serviced and we are doing enhanced storm drain cleanings and street sweeping to reduce the potential of flooding.

We are requesting that all dining establishments remove pop-up tents, tables and chairs this evening and properly secure them or bring them indoors. All residents are asked to secure loose items like tents, garbage cans and umbrellas. We encourage all residents and businesses with sump pumps to check that they are working and operational today.

To report a power outage 24/7/365, please call (973) 966-7330. We ask that you please reserve 911 for emergencies only. 

Updates, as necessary, will be posted on borough social media (Facebook & Twitter), www.Rosenet.org and sent out via AlertMadison. Not yet registered for our emergency notification system (AlertMadison)? Register today by visiting www.AlertMadison.org