Public Works will open the City's Sandbag Station when a "FLASH FLOOD WATCH" is issued by National Weather Service and confirmed by the City of Santa Barbara. The City will announce the Sandbag Station's hours of operation on Channel 18 (City-TV) and through local media outlets. Before and during storm events, residents should monitor radio and TV and go to the City’s website for updates and announcements.
Sandbags are available to residents free of charge. Residents are reminded that the City Sandbag Distribution Policy is designed to assist in the protection of private property only during storm emergency conditions. Please note the following:
- Bring your own gloves and shovels, and be prepared to fill the bags you need.
- Fill your sandbags halfway so they are not too heavy to lift and can be stacked properly.
- You may take 20 sandbags per trip.
- To learn how to fill and stack sandbags, watch the video below on how to fill and store sandbags.