Be Storm Ready with Free Sandbags: Orange County Residents Encouraged to “Dig-In”
NOTE: Distribution has been extended to August 1, 2020.
WHAT: In an effort to prepare for the peak of hurricane season, Orange County Government is hosting a free self-serve sandbag program for residents at five Orange County Park locations starting July 16 through July 30, 2020.
Media availability will on Friday July 10, at 9 a.m. to kick off the program. A Spanish spokesperson will also be available for interviews.
The program is free and open to all Orange County residents. Households will receive free PPE at each location.
In Orange County, individuals who visit the park locations for the sandbag program will be required to wear a facial covering consistent with CDC guidelines and the county’s Executive Order. Orange County is requesting voluntary compliance to help keep all of the community safe and protected. Visit Orange County’s web page to read the full Executive Order.
- Newly appointed Division Chief Lauraleigh Avery, Orange County Emergency Manager, Fire Rescue Department
- Ralphetta Aker, Orange County Manager, Orange County’s Fiscal & Operational Support, Public Works Department
Both will be available to talk about the Orange County Sandbag Program and provide important hurricane preparedness information.
Media Preview Event
July 10, 2020 – 9 a.m.
Orange County Public Works Division – Building B7
4200 S. John Young Parkway, Orlando
- All supplies will be provided (e.g., bags, tools, sand); filling tools will be available however; citizens are encouraged to bring their own shovel/spade to fill the sand bags.
- Limit 10 sandbags per household.
- A “how-to” instructional sheet will be provided with information on how to fill, store and dispose of sandbags.
- Must present valid ID with Orange County address.
- Sandbags available for filling on a first come, first serve basis. Supplies are limited.
Self-Serve Sandbag Program begins July 16 – August 1, 2020
Most sites are open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday – Sunday
- Barnett Park – 4801 W. Colonial Drive, Orlando, FL 32808
- Downey Park – 10107 Flowers Avenue, Orlando, FL 32825
- Bithlo Community Park – 18501 Washington Avenue, Orlando, FL 32820
- Meadow Woods Recreation Center/Meadow Woods Park – 1751 Rhode Island Woods Circle, Orlando, FL 32824
- West Orange Recreational Complex – 309 S. West Crown Point Road, Winter Garden, FL 34787 – This complex has limited hours on Sundays 1 p.m. – 8 p.m.
If residents have questions or need additional information, please call 3-1-1.