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.

Storm Watch - 11/14/2018

Storm Watch

Did you make your winter shovel or ice scraper purchase? Got gloves? You may want to get that accomplished TODAY! Current forecast data suggests that we will be dealing with snow tomorrow, Thursday November 15th, with a start time between 11am and 2pm. The snow will turn steady and even heavy at times soon after onset. It is possible that all surfaces including pavements will be covered. The snow will eventually mix or change to sleet. Sleet then changes to freezing rain late in the evening with the possibility of additional icing. Current accumulation data has a range of 2-5” of snow with ice both of which is dependent on location, elevation etc.  

Madison Department of Public Works is prepared in the event snow accumulations occur in Madison. As soon as the snow removal/cleaning is completed, DPW will return to picking of leaves.  

Please be mindful of roadway conditions and leave additional travel time to get to your destination.

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 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:

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