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Hillsborough County to Offer Sandbags Friday and Saturday for Storm Preparation

Tropical Depression Fred Update No. 1

Hillsborough County, Fla. (Aug. 13, 2021) - To help residents prepare for potential flooding from what is expected to soon be Tropical Storm Fred, Hillsborough County is making sandbags available to the public beginning this afternoon.

Sandbags will be available today at the following locations from 1 to 5 p.m. and on Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

  • Edward Medard Conservation Park - 6140 Turkey Creek Road, Plant City, 33567
  • E.G. Simmons Conservation Park, 2401 19th Ave. NW, Ruskin, 33570
  • Ed Radice Sports Complex, 14720 Ed Radice Drive, Tampa, 33626

The parks will be open to residents as normal while sandbag distribution is underway.

Hillsborough County residents are eligible for a maximum of 10 sandbags per vehicle. Residents must show ID verifying they live in the County; a driver's license or utility bill will serve as proper identification.

Residents can visit HCFLGov.net/StaySafe for additional information. Residents without digital access are encouraged to call 813-272-5900, the County's main information line. 

Since we are in the middle of storm season, residents are encouraged to keep any unused sandbags for the remainder of the 2021 storm season.

Information on sandbags for the City of Tampa can be found here. Information on sandbags in the City of Temple Terrace can be found here. In Plant City, sandbags will be available at 1302 W. Spencer St. until 5 p.m. today.

EOC Status

Hillsborough County has not activated its Emergency Operations Center in response to what is currently Tropical Depression Fred. Hillsborough County emergency officials and representatives of partner agencies are closely monitoring Fred's projected track and are coordinating resources and operations to respond as necessary.


Shelters and Evacuations

Hillsborough County has not opened any shelters or issued any evacuation orders at this time.


Actions Residents Should Take

  • Residents and visitors should pay close attention to weather forecasts and make decisions accordingly. According to the National Weather Service, there is a risk of storm surge, wind, and rainfall impacts for portions of the Florida Peninsula as early as later today.
  • Review storm preparedness plans and disaster kit contents. Hillsborough County's 2021 Disaster Preparedness Guide, accessed via HCFLGov.net/StaySafe, is available in English and Spanish and contains comprehensive information on how to prepare for any hazard.
  • Tropical storms have the potential to bring damaging winds and heavy rain that could last many hours. Prepare your home by cleaning out gutters and drainpipes, trimming trees and hedges if needed, and securing or putting away loose objects such as outdoor furniture, birdbaths, and potted plants.
  • Know if you live in an evacuation zone. Visit HCFLGov.net/StaySafe for a link to Hillsborough County's Hurricane Evacuation Assessment Tool (HEAT). This simple tool assists residents in determining if they live in one of the County's five evacuation zones.
  • Register for HCFL Alert, Hillsborough County's official public notification system for emergency and urgent alerts. To receive messages by email, phone, and text, go to HCFLGov.net/StaySafe.
  • Even if the storm has little impact on Hillsborough County, it's wise to keep in mind that the peak of the 2021 Atlantic hurricane season in our region is yet to come.

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