Sandbags can be useful in storms — primarily used to create barriers to preventing water from entering homes and businesses and also to prevent the backflow of gray water from drains in bathrooms and laundry rooms. LA Public Press compiled a list of city and county distribution of free sandbags to residents.

In the city of Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Fire Department is providing sandbags, but LAFD’s website indicates stock has run low at many fire stations. Those living in the county of Los Angeles (but not the city), can check here with the County Fire Department.

Other city fire departments around LA County are listed below.

  • Compton — at Public Works 458 S. Alameda open 6am – 1pm Saturday & Sunday must bring your own bags and shovels
  • Lynwood — City’s Public Works Yard 11750 S. Alameda St., Lynwood, CA 90262
    • Pick Up Dates: August 18th – August 20th
    • Pick Up Times: 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
    • For More Information: If you have any questions or need further assistance, please feel free to contact the stand-by staff at (310) 629-8722
  • Cudahy — Free sandbags starting at Clara Park from 7 AM – 8 PM in preparation for the severe weather projected to arrive in SoCal from Sun, Aug. 20 to Mon, Aug. 21.
  • Inglewood  — Must bring your own bags, free sand available at fire stations 170, 171, 172, 173
  • Downey — Sand and sandbags are currently available at the City Maintenance Yard, located at 12324 Bellflower Blvd. while supplies last. Max is 6 bags per person.

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