MIAMI – With Hurricane Dorian threatening South Florida, many residents are preparing to protect their homes and businesses ahead of the storm. Sandbags are an excellent way to keep flood waters from getting inside your property.
Many locations throughout South Florida are offering free sandbags.
In Margate, residents who show proof of residence will be able to receive 10 sandbags starting at 8 a.m. at the Margate Sports Complex at 1695 Banks Road.
The City of West Park will distribute six sandbags each to residents who show ID starting noon Friday at McTyre Park at 3501 SW 56 Avenue, Mary Saunders Park at 4750 SW 21 Street and Water Tower Park at 3900 SW 39 Street.
Pompano Beach will distribute sandbags across the street from the Airpark at 1660 N.E. 10th Street with a limit of ten bags per household.
The City of Dania Beach will be providing sandbags at 6 p.m. at The Dania Beach Casino.
Miramar has three locations in which residents can receive 10 sandbags starting at 10 a.m. Friday. The locations are Multi-Service Center at 6700 Miramar Parkway, Adult Daycare Center at 8915 Miramar Parkway and Sunset Set Lakes Community Center at 2801 S.W. 186th Avenue.
Down in Miami-Dade, residents of Homestead are limited to 10 sandbags per residence from Noon to 7 p.m. at Roby George Park at 211 SW 11th Ave., and at the Homestead Sports Complex at 1601 S.E. 28th Ave. Both locations will be open Saturday from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.
Those who live in the county need to bring their own shovels and bags to fill with sand at Miami Baptist Curch at 14955 S.W. 88th Street starting at 3 p.m.
Miami residents can get sandbags starting at noon Friday at Grapeland Park at 1550 N.W. 37th Avenue and Legion Park at 6447 N.E. 7th Avenue.
North Miami Beach will provide up to six sandbags per resident with identification starting at noon at the North Miami Beach Operations Center at 2101 N.E. 159th Street (North Side).
In Miami Lakes, residents will receive 10 bags from noon to 10 p.m. tonight at Royal Oaks Park at 16500 N.W. 87th Avenue.
And those living in Opa-locka can get 10 sandbags per residence starting at 8 a.m. at the city's public works department building at 12950 LeJeune Road.
Sunny Isles Beach will provide bags, sand, and shovels for residents to fill bags starting at 1 p.m. through 8 p.m. under the William Lehman Causeway.
Miami Springs residents must bring their own bags to fill with sand starting at 1 p.m. at the Optimist Club at 1101 Wren Avenue.
If you have the bags, residents of any South Florida city can get free sand on Saturday from 2 to 6 p.m at Adonel Concrete's Sweetwater plant located at 2101 N.W. 110 Avenue. The company has one million pounds of sand for the public.