CENTRAL FLORIDA — Emergency management officials in some Central Florida counties and municipalities are making sandbag materials available to help residents prepare their homes for the possibility of flooding for Hurricane Ian.

Orange, Seminole, Brevard, Volusia and Osceola counties, as well as Daytona Beach Shores, Altamonte Springs and Palm Coast, have announced sandbag locations.

Orange County

In Orange County, the Roads and Drainage Division of Parks and Recreation has delivered sand piles and unfilled sandbags to five sites across the county.

Sites will operate during normal park hours. Individuals are reminded to bring their own shovels to fill sandbags. For more information visit ocfl.net/storm.

Know Before You Go:

  • Residents are required to show a valid I.D. with an Orange County address
  • Residents must bring their own shovels to fill sandbags
  • Sandbags are first-come, first-served and while supplies last
  • Park staff will provide residents with 10 unfilled sandbags, as well as an instructional handout regarding how to fill, store and dispose of sandbags


The city will provide free sand and bags from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday at Maitland Community Park, located at 1400 Mayo Ave. Residents must fill the bags themselves, but shovels, bags and sand will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. They must bring a utility bill, driver's license or other proof of residency. There is a 10-bag limit.

Winter Park

In Winter Park, residents can pick up sandbags Sept. 26 and Sept. 27 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Ward Park and Showalter Field Parking lot, located at 288 Perth Lane in Winter Park. Proof of residency is required and eight bags limited per resident. The city will provide shovels, bags, and sand on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Seminole County

In Seminole County, emergency management will set up sandbag operations at Boombah Seminole County Sports’ overflow parking lot at 3450 East Lake Mary Blvd., in Sanford. Up to 15 empty bags and dirt will be available for residents to fill their own bags on Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

They must bring their own shovels and gloves and be prepared to fill and load the bags themselves. Staff will be unable to provide assistance.


The City of Oviedo has also opened a sandbag site from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. for Sept. 26 and Sept. 27 at the Evans Street Public Works Compound, 1725 Lockwood Boulevard. Residents should bring gloves and shovels to the self-service operation site. Bags are limited to 15 per household. 

Altamonte Springs

In addition, the city of Altamonte Springs will provide self-service sand and bag operations for its citizens starting Sunday. Hours at Eastmonte Park will be 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. at 830 Magnolia Drive (off S. Ronald Reagan Boulevard) and at Westmonte Recreation Center at 624 Bills Lane (off Spring Oaks Boulevard). Each household is limited to 10 bags. Residents must bring their own shovels to fill their bags. Park rangers will be on site from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. for those who need assistance.

Brevard County

In Brevard County, initial sandbag operations will start at 8 a.m. Saturday at Mitchell Ellington Park in Merritt Island. More sites are expected.

Volusia County

Volusia County Emergency Management will offer sand and sandbags at the parking lot of the Volusia County Correctional Facility at 1354 Indian Lake Road in Daytona Beach, from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. Residents must bring their own shovels.

In addition, the city of Daytona Beach Shores will begin sandbag distribution from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at City Hall at, 2990 S. Atlantic Ave., and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at the Shores Community Center at 3000 Bellemead Drive (just west of City Hall). The city will have bags, sand and shovels for residents to fill themselves. There is a 10-sandbag limit per household/business, and proof of residency is required.

Osceola County

Osceola County residents may fill and make sandbags at Osceola Heritage Park from Sunday, Sept. 25, to Monday, Sept. 26, starting at 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Supplies will be provided including bags and sand.  Residents are allowed 25 sandbags per household and will need to bring their own shovel or filling tool. Supplies are limited, and sandbags will be available for filling on a first-come, first-served basis.

The address for the distribution is 1211 Shakerag Rd., Kissimmee, 34744

Flagler County

Flagler County officials have revised sandbag operations Monday as rain is coming with Hurricane Ian in that it will bring plenty of rain with it and a high likelihood of flooding in some areas. Locations and times were revised Monday a.m.

Residents are limited to 10 sandbags per household.

Sand, bags, and manpower will be available at the following locations on Monday:

  • Flagler Technical College – 5633 N. Oceanshore Blvd., The Hammock – 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Fire Station 71 – 89 County Road 2006 West, Bunnell – 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Santa Maria Del Mar Catholic Church, 915 N. Central Ave., Flagler Beach, 2-6 p.m. for Flagler Beach and Beverly Beach residents only.

Palm Coast

In preparation for Tropical Storm Ian, the City of Palm Coast will have sand and sandbags available for residents at two locations beginning at 9 a.m. on Monday. Palm Coast sand stations are self-serve and residents should bring a shovel and be prepared to fill the bags. There is a limit of 10 bags per vehicle. 

Two self-service sand station and sandbags beginning at 9 a.m. on Monday and will remain open until 6 p.m. or until sand runs out:

  • Palm Coast Public Works Yard, 1 Wellfield Grade, off U.S. 1 just north of Palm Coast Parkway, Palm Coast.
  • Daytona State College, 3000 Palm Coast Parkway SE, Palm Coast.

Marion County

The Marion County Emergency Management Operations Center has announced nine sandbag locations within Marion County.  These locations will be operational until 7 p.m. Monday.  They will reopen Tuesday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. and continue until operations are shut down. These sandbag locations are self-serve, and officials are asking that citizens limit their consumption to 10 bags a vehicle.

  • Dunnellon City Complex, 11808 N Ohio St., Dunnellon, Florida 34431
  • Wrigley Field, 405 County Road East 316, Citra, FL
  • East Marion Sports Complex, 14445 NE 14th Street Road, Silver Springs, FL
  • Belleview Sports Complex, 6501 SE 107th St., Belleview FL
  • Jervey Gantt Park, 2200 SE 36th Ave., Ocala, FL
  • Tuscawilla Park (Reilly Arts Center), 800 NE Sanchez Ave., Ocala, FL
  • Hampton Center, 1501 W Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala, FL
  • Martel Recycling Center, 296 SW 67th Ave., Ocala, FL
  • Marion Oaks, 294 Marion Oaks Lane, Ocala, FL (Behind the Community Center)

The Marion County Emergency Management Citizen’s Information Line is operational until 8 p.m. Monday and will reopen at 7 a.m. on Tuesday.  Please call 352-369-7500 for any questions about Hurricane Ian. County officials ask that citizens use this line for non-emergency inquiries only. As always, please call 911 for emergencies.

Citizens can also go to www.marionso.com or visit the Marion County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page for updates on the storm. In addition, Emergency Management officials are encouraging all Marion County citizens to sign up for the emergency notification system, Alert Marion. Residents can sign up for text message alerts, emails and phone calls for severe weather through Alert Marion at www.alertmarion.com.