As we continue to watch the track of Ian, continue to prepare. Below is information on sand bag locations open to the public.

City of Tampa:

UPDATE 9/27/22 12:15p



Hillsborough County:

UPDATE 9/27/22 12:15p


Pasco County:

FOUR self-serve sandbag sites 24/7 to help protect your property from potential flooding:
  • W.H. Jack Mitchell, Jr., Park: 4825 Little Road, New Port Richey
  • Veterans Memorial Park: 14333 Hicks Road, Hudson
  • Magnolia Valley Golf Course: 7223 Massachusetts Avenue, New Port Richey
  • Pasco County Public Works (C-Barn): 30908 Warder Road, San Antonio
TWO more locations will be opening Saturday (09/24) at 8 a.m:
  • Land O’ Lakes Recreation Center, 3032 Collier Pkwy., Land O’ Lakes
  • Wesley Chapel District Park, 7727 Boyette Rd., Wesley Chapel
Sand and bags are available, but you’ll need to bring a shovel. To see how to properly fill and place sandbags.


Sandbag distribution locations will open Sunday and Monday for unincorporated Pinellas residents to prepare for potential flooding from increased rainfall, which could occur from Tropical Storm Ian as it approaches Florida next week.

Sandbag distribution locations open Sunday and Monday, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. or as supplies last:

  • John Chesnut Sr. Park: 2200 East Lake Road in Palm Harbor
  • Walsingham Park: 12615 102nd Ave, Seminole
  • Lealman Exchange, 5175 45th St N, St. Petersburg

Sandbags are limited to 20 per person, and materials will be supplied, shovels available. John Chesnut and Walsingham Park will be closed Sunday and Monday except for sandbag operations. City residents can check with their cities about other sandbag availability.


If your location is not listed, please check your county/city website.

10 Florida Hurricane Life Hacks from Denis Phillips

ABC Action News weather guru Denis Phillips recently shared a few dozen tips to get you through a hurricane. We’ve been really lucky so far this hurricane season in Florida, but we know our time will come. When it does, preparation is key. And Denis came up with some tips that might make your experience a lot less miserable. Here are 10 of my favorites. Some are common sense. But others are pretty creative ideas to get through the storm with less stress.

  • Freeze a cup of water and put a coin on top.

    If the coin stayed on top after the power went out, your food stayed frozen!

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  • Get the laundry done!

    Denis points out that without air conditioning, anything dirty will start to stink your place up! And when the AC goes out, you’ll want clean sheets because you’ll be sweating a lot!

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  • Dig that OLD phone out.

    When you know the storm’s coming charge up those laptops, and OLD phones… not just the one you use now. Old phones call still call 911!

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  • Fill up trash cans with water.

    Use that water to flush toilets.

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  • Cook meat and perishable foods.

    Freeze cooked food too. Denis says he loves a hardboiled egg as a snack on that first day without power.

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  • Backpack it!

    Stuff all your important stuff in a backpack so it’s easy to grab in case you need to leave quickly.

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  • Hit the ATM!

    If power goes out for a while or systems go down, it’ll be good to have some cash on hand.

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  • Lower your AC in advance!

    This is certainly one I wouldn’t have thought of doing… but it makes sense. Higher temps in the room will lower the temp in your fridge to preserve those foods longer.

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  • Scrub!

    Hit the shower just before the storm’s about to hit.

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  • Unplug!

    Unplug your electronics because there will likely be power surges.