Hurricane Dorian: Where to find sandbags in your county

Central Florida emergency officials offer free sandbag pickup locations

Central Florida emergency management officials are preparing for Hurricane Dorian as the storm remains on a direct path to Florida.

Residents are urged to prepare now for the storm as it is expected to bring heavy rainfall, storm surge and hurricane-force winds. Click here for the latest track and forecast.

Sandbags can help protect some homes from flooding, however, not all homes will benefit from sandbags. Homes in low-lying areas prone to flooding can use sandbags by placing them across doorways to prevent water from entering the residence.

All Central Florida counties are offering free sand and bags ahead of Dorian's arrival.

If possible bring your own shovel as some locations do not provide them. Please be sure to check the hours of the locations and bring proof of residency.

This story will be updated as more locations become available. 


Altamonte Springs

The City of Altamonte Springs is providing sand and bags for City residents at the following locations which will remain open until further notice, while supplies last:

  • Eastmonte Park, 830 Magnolia Drive off S. Ronald Reagan Blvd.
  • Westmonte Recreation Center, 624 Bills Lane off Spring Oaks Blvd.

Hours: Sand and bags available 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., while supplies last.

Residents must bring their own shovel as this is a self-service operation. Each household is limited to 15 bags. Park rangers are on site from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. for those who require assistance.  

For more information, contact (407) 571-8340 during normal business hours or (407) 571-8686 for after-hours questions.

Brevard County

Click here to check the Brevard County Flood Zone Map to determine whether you live in a flood zone and may need sandbags.

  • West Melbourne Community park, 3000 Minton Road
    Hours of operation: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., 10 bag limit
  • Titusville Solid Waste Department, 101 N. Singleton Avenue
    Hours of operation: Thursday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. while supplies last, 10 bag limit per person
  • Eastern Florida State College, Palm Bay campus, 250 Community College Parkway SE. Hours of operation: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Calvary Chapel, Melbourne, Viera campus, 2852 Fellowship Place. Hours of operation: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Mitchell Ellington Park, 575 West Hall Road, Merritt Island. Hours of operation: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Chain of Lakes Park, 2300 Truman Scarbough Way, Titusville. Hours of operation: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Flagler County

Additional locations will be open Monday: 

Sandbags and sand: Palm Coast Public Works Yard, 1 Wellfield Grade, off U.S. 1 just north of Palm Coast Parkway
Hours of operation: Daylight hours
Empty sandbags but no sand are available from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at:

  • Palm Coast City Hall, 160 Lake Ave., Palm Coast
  • Palm Coast Utility Department, 2 Utility Drive, Palm Coast

Those empty sandbags can be filled at these two additional self-service sand stations:

  • Indian Trails Sports Complex, 5455 Belle Terre Pkwy., Palm Coast
  • Seminole Woods Neighborhood Park, 350 Sesame Blvd., Palm Coast
  • Palm Coast Public Works Yard, 1 Wellfield Grade, off U.S. 1 just north of Palm Coast Parkway
  • Holland Park, 18 Florida Park Drive North, Palm Coast

Sand and bags are available at these self-serve locations:

  • MalaCompra parking lot on MalaCompra Road in the Hammock 
  • Old jail site at Utility Street and Old Moody Boulevard
  • Hidden Trails Community Center in Daytona North 

A limit of 10 sandbags per person will be available at the Flagler Fire Department, located at 320 S. Flagler Ave., and in the parking lot of Santa Maria Del Mar Catholic Church, located at 915 N. Central Ave. in Flagler Beach, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Sandbags with bagging assistance will be available from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday at MalaCompra Park and Hidden Trails. 

Lake County

Where:

  • Fire Station 10, 23023 State Road 40, Astor 
  • Fire Station 14,18840 County Road 42, Altoona
  • Fire Station 39, 31431 Walton Heath Ave., Sorrento
  • Fire Station 110, 6234 County Road 561, Clermont
  • Solid Waste Residential Convenience Center, 1200 Jackson St., Lady Lake

Residents much bring their own shovels and can take 20 bags of sand per household every 24 hours, officials said. No tools will be provided at the locations and residents are responsible for filling their own bags.

Hours of operation: 7 a.m. until dusk, or until supplies run out, beginning Thursday

Number of bags: 20 per household

Marion County

Where:

  • Wrigley Field – 405 County Road E 316, Citra 
  • Belleview Sports Complex – 6501 SE 107th Street, Belleview
  • Dunnellon City Complex – 11924 Bostick Street, Dunnellon
  • East Marion Sports Complex -- 14445 NE 14th Street Road, Silver Springs
  • Reilly Arts Center – 500 NE 9th Street, Ocala 
  • ED Crosky Recreation Center – 1510 NW Fourth Street, Ocala

Hours of operation: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. through Monday.

Bags and sand will be provided but residents will be required to fill their own bags.

New Smyrna Beach

The City of New Smyrna Beach is providing sand and sand bags to help residents and businesses fortify against local flooding during Hurricane Dorian at the locations below.

City staff will be onsite at Maintenance Operations Headquarters on Monday, Sept. 2 from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; then remaining sand will be available on a first-come, first-served basis until depleted.

Main side

  • Maintenance Operations Headquarters at 124 Industrial Park Ave. Staffed 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Pettis Park at intersection of Jefferson Street and Inwood Avenue

Beach side

  • Beach side: 27th Avenue Beachfront Park at 3701 S Atlantic Ave.

 Valid photo identification and proof of residency (e.g., property tax bill, utility bill, rental agreement) or proof of business ownership (e.g., property tax bill, business license, tax receipt, utility bill, lease agreement) are required. Sand bags will also be provided to unincorporated residents addressed in New Smyrna Beach.

Each residence and business are eligible to receive up to 10 free sand bags from the city and may bring additional personal sand bags. If none are available, double-bagged trash bags and pillow cases are recommended. Participants should also bring own shovels.

Please call the New Smyrna Beach hurricane hotline at 386-424-2113 for more information.

Orange County

*UPDATE: As of Sunday afternoon, all sandbag distribution centers in Orange County are closed, according to county officials.

County officials said 187,000 sandbags were distributed ahead of Dorian. Only 120,000 were distributed during Hurricane Irma, according to county leaders.

PREVIOUS INFORMATION ON SANDBAG LOCATIONS:

Where: 

  • Bithlo Community Park – 18501 Washington Avenue, Orlando, FL 32820 
  • Meadow Woods Recreation Center/Meadow Woods Park – 1751 Rhode Island Woods Circle, Orlando, FL 32824
  • Winter Park and Showalter Stadium Parking lot, 288 Perth Lane. Thursday and Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon.
  • Apopka- Edwards Field, corner of Forest and 1st Street. 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. 
  • Ocoee residents: 301 Maguire Road, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Hours of distribution: Until Aug. 31 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Sunday
Number of bags: 10 per household

Beginning Friday, the county will distribute pre-made sandbags at the following locations:

  • Blanchard Park – 2451 N. Dean Road, Orlando. 
  • West Orange Maintenance Unit – 704 Beulah Rd., Winter Garden.
  • Zellwood Maintenance Unit – 3500 Golden Gem Rd., Apopka.
  • Taft Maintenance Unit – 11442 Intermodal Way, Orlando.
  • Bithlo Maintenance Unit – 18715 Old Cheney Highway, Orlando.

Hours of distribution: Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. while supplies last. Residents must bring a valid ID to present to county staff.

Number of bags: 10 per household

For those wanting to “do it themselves” with sandbags, four self-fill sites will be open in accordance with Park operating hours:

  • West Orange Recreation 
  • Meadow Woods Park
  • Bithlo Community Park

Osceola County

*UPDATE: As of Sunday afternoon, all sandbag distribution centers in Osceola County, Kissimmee and St. Cloud are closed, according to county officials.

County leaders said more than 220,000 sandbags were filled ahead of Hurricane Dorian.

PREVIOUS INFORMATION ON SANDBAG LOCATIONS:

For unincorporated county residents:

  • Road & Bridge Department – Kissimmee: 1698 S. Hoagland Boulevard in Kissimmee, 34741
  • Poinciana Library: 101 N. Doverplum Avenue in Poinciana, 34758
  • Celebration Community Field Complex: 319 Campus Street in Celebration 34747
  • Holopaw Community Center: 8801 Community Center Road in Holopaw, 34773 
  • Kenansville Community Center:  1154 S. Canoe Creek Road in Kenansville, 34739
  • Osceola Heritage Park, (Shakerag Road): 1211 Shakerag Road, Kissimmee FL 34744
  • Archie Gordon Memorial Park, 420 Buenaventura Boulevard, Kissimmee FL 34743

Hours of operation: Thursday and Friday, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Number of bags: 25 per household

Kissimmee residents:
Corner of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard & Alaska Avenue (vehicle must enter from MLK Boulevard)
Hours of Operation: Thursday, noon to 6 p.m. and Friday,8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Number of bags: 12 bags per household. ID required.
 
St. Cloud residents: 
St. Cloud Civic Center, 3003 17th St., Civic Center (entrance on 17th street)
Hours of operation: Thursday and Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Number of bags: 12 sandbags 

Polk County

Where: 

  • Mulberry – 900 NE 5th St., Mulberry, (863) 519-4734
  • Lakeland – 8970 N. Campbell Road, Lakeland, (863) 815-6701
  • Fort Meade – 1061 NE 9th St., Fort Meade, (863) 285-6588
  • Frostproof – 350 County Road 630A, Frostproof, (863) 635-7879
  • Auburndale – 1701 Holt Road, Auburndale, (863) 965-5524
  • Dundee – 805 Dr. Martin Luther King St. SW, Dundee, (863) 421-3367

Hours of operation: All sites will remain open from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. through Sunday. These hours and locations are subject to change due to sand supply and high winds.

Number of bags: 10 per household

Seminole County

Seminole County sandbag operations continue today, September 1st, 2019 from 8:00am – 7:00pm at the following locations: 

  • Boombah Seminole County Sports Complex
  • Seminole Softball Complex
  • Red Bug Lake Park

For a full list of sandbag sites and operational hours, please visit www.seminolecountyfl.gov/dorian.

SANFORD

The City of Sanford has sandbags available 24/7 through Sunday at 800 W. Fulton St. Sanford. City staff will be on site 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. The bagging location is outside the gate of the Public Works Complex. Residents must bring their own shovel. There is a limit of 20 bags per household.

Sumter County

Where:

Sumter County Farmer's Market, 524 N Market Blvd, Webster. On the north side of the market near the cattle barns. Free sand and bags donated by Tractor Joe and Knight's Farm Fresh Feeds.

Volusia County

Where:

  • New Smyrna Beach: Maintenance Operations Headquarters, 124 Industrial Park Ave., 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • New Smyrna Beach residents not annexed into the city click here for county sand bag information.
  • Ormond Beach: No more pre-filled sandbags. Volusia County sand is available from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Bicentennial Park and 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Volusia County Correctional. Self-service sandbags available at the Nova Community Center at 440 N. Nova Road later Friday.
  • Daytona Beach Shores-- Public Safety Building, 3050 South Atlantic Ave. (24 hours)
    City Hall, 2990 South Atlantic Ave. Monday- Friday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    Shores Community Center, 300 Bellemead Drive, Monday - Friday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • DeBary- Town Hall parking lot, 16 Colomba Road, Thursday and Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • DeLand- parking lot south of Melching Field, 601 South Woodland Boulevard, Thursday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Friday until supplies last
  • Deltona- Dewey O. Boster Sports Complex, 1200 Saxon Boulevard
  • Deltona- Public Works Department, 201 Howland Boulevard
    Hours of operation: Thursday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Orange City- Waggin' Trail Dog Park, 1201 South Leavitt Avenue
    Thursday, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. and Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Orange City- Spruce Creek Road Park, 481 Central Park Boulevard
    Wednesday noon to 6 p.m. Bring a shovel.
  • Edgewater- Sand piles accessible 24 hours a day at the following locations: ​​​
    • Fire Station 57: 2628 Hibiscus Drive
    • Mango Tree Lake: 901 Mango Tree Drive
    • Airpark staging area. 1898 Airpark Road

Number of bags: 10 to 12 depending on location

Residents will need to bring their own shovel. The City of Edgewater will also provide free sandbags to those with a valid ID proving residency within Edgewater city limits. The supply is limited and available from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Environmental Services office, located at 409 Mango Tree Drive. 


We’ve also created a guide for all 10 Central Florida counties to help residents find shelter and emergency information. Find county resources here.

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