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Filling and effectively deploying sandbags is an easy process, if you know how.
The keys to filling a sandbag are:
- Don’t over fill. Sandbags should be filled to about 1/3 to 1/2 full so they can be easily moved and placed.
- Overlap the open of tied end with the next sandbag and stomp in place.
- When deploying a row on top of a row of sandbags, overlap the seems as shown in the video below.
In Seal Beach, you can find sandbag materials at the west end of the parking lot west of the pier at Ocean and Main streets and at Fire Station 44 (718 Central Ave) most of the year and especially during the winter months. At times during heavy winter storms, West Orange County CERT, the Seal Beach Lions Club and other service organizations will pre-fill sandbags for the public to pick up and place at their residences and businesses. Early deployment of sandbags is important to protect your property. If your property is in danger from flood waters, plan ahead and have filled sandbags on hand.
Check the City of Seal Beach website or call the Seal Beach Police Department (562.799.4100 x1165) for additional details.
Remember to stomp the sandbag you place down to fill in the cracks between the bags to help keep the water out. Proper placement of sandbags will help keep your property safer from flood waters.
All wonderful, drought ending rain we have received in California this season has filled our lakes and reservoirs, and greatly improved the ground water levels throughout the State. It’s been wonderful. Of course there is always a reaction to any set of events.
In this case, all of the rain has created what is sure to be a record year for grass, brush, and tree growth. And by the time the hot days of July and August roll around, much of this growth will be brown and dry, setting the stage for a record wildfire season in the State as well.
While, we here in the West Orange County area have very little open space for grass and wildfires to take hold and threaten lives of our properties, many of us own or travel to other properties that could be threatened.
Know What to Do
Cal Fire has created a terrific resource at ReadyForWildfire.org, which outlines their 3-Step process for surviving California Wildfires. This short video summarizes the process.
Are you Ready?Find out more here at ReadyForWildFire.org
The most important part of the Cal Fire program for us here in West Orange County is the preparation checklist. This checklist is important not only for wildfire, it is important to your survival in any disaster.
Grab your copy of the Wildfire is Coming Brochure and make sure you are ready for fire or any other disaster that may come your, or your family’s way. It just takes a few minutes to become aware and could save your life and the lives of those you love. The CalFire Get Set Brochure outlines what you need to know.