Sandbags for Preppers
Sandbags are a useful item to have on hand for different reasons. First reason that comes to most minds would be for flooding. If you live in an area known for flooding or if you have flooding on your “prep for this” list, this article is for you. So, where can you stock up on sand bags? Sure there is always the local Home Depot or Lowes but if your city is like my city you will find that FREE sandbags are available through your local fire department.
It came up in conversation recently where one could get sandbags and it was a bit surprising to see how many people had no idea that you can get FREE sandbags from your local Fire Dept. These sand bags are meant for emergency use. Although I’ve heard of interesting ways sand bags might be used. Some are figuring out ways to use sand bags as insulation for their project bunkers. There are many others uses that one can think up for sandbags but let’s assume you are prepping for a flood scenario.
Here in Las Vegas our local fire dept has a stock of sandbags on hand all the time. We have a fill yard full of dirt if you want to fill them on site. Bring your own shovel of course. I don’t know that every city will also have a dirt fill yard but I’d bet if you did a little research in your hometown you to would find that you are able to pick up sandbags for FREE. Some cities will have a limit on how many can be picked up or will have a requirement that you show proof of residency. Still others may only offer the bags free before a coming storm.
Again these bags are meant for emergency use. They won’t last year after year. They will deteriorate in the sun over time. Larger more heavy-duty bags such as the ones shown on the right are generally NOT the ones you can pick up for personal use.
Also, placement is key! Let’s say you are preparing for flooding in front of your home from rains. You build up a sand bag wall to keep flood waters out or at least to keep the rushing flood waters from reaching your door. You figure you’ll be safe if you build further away from your door. Well, what happens to all the rain water still coming down between your house and your sandbags? Or what happens to all the rain run off from your roof?
It will all start to build up between your front door and the sandbags thus creating your own personal flood into your doorway. Better to place the sandbags closer to the door and under the roof runoff in this case. Of course there are many different variations on how a house is built and what your property looks like. I’m just saying be careful that you have really planned the best placement for your sandbags if they are needed for flooding.
So where can you find them?
I’m going to include the link where you can find info for the Las Vegas sandbags & fill yard as well as a few other cities I have researched already. Please comment if you are able to find the same in your town so others will know where to go.
For those who find that they do not have a FREE sandbag service near them OR for those who are looking for a higher quality sandbag, I have included a link where you can find sandbags for sale online. These range from one time single emergency use to military issue. Cases will be in amounts of 10 bags per case or others will be 100 bags per case. Link is below.
Links to find info in your city
Las Vegas http://www.lvalert.com/
Santa Barbara http://www.santabarbaraca.gov/Resident/Home/Sandbags/
Placer County California http://www.placer.ca.gov/Departments/CEO/Emergency/Sand%20and%20Sandbag%20locations.aspx
Placer county includes the following areas: Alta, Auburn, Granite Bay, Homewood, Kings Beach, Lincoln, Loomis, Meadow Vista, Ophir,Northstar,Paige, Penryn, Roseville, Sheridan, Squaw Valley, Tahoe City, Truckee
La Mesa, California http://www.cityoflamesa.com/faq.aspx
Columbia County, Florida http://www.columbiacountyem.com/