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As we watch Hurricane Dorian work its way towards the Florida coast, it’s time to be sure you have emergency supplies. Here’s what you should have and where to find sandbags.

Here’s a checklist for your emergency kit, which you should keep someplace easily accessible:

Water – one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation
Food – at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert
Flashlight
First aid kit
Extra batteries
Whistle to signal for help
Dust mask to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place
Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
Manual can opener for food
Local maps
Cell phone with chargers and a backup battery

Click here for a checklist for your supplies.

If you’re in need of sandbags, here’s where Tampa Bay area counties are offering to residents.

  • In Hillsborough County:
    Edward Medard Conservation Park – 6140 Turkey Creek Road, Plant City
    E.G. Simmons Conservation Park, 2401 19th Ave. NW, Ruskin
    Ed Radice Park, 14720 Ed Radice Drive, Tampa
  • In Pinellas County:
    Northeast Park, 875 62nd Avenue NE . (located at the Cardinal Drive entrance to Mangrove Bay Golf Course)
    James “JC” Turner Fields, 643 22nd Avenue S . (located on the south side of Bartlett Park) sandbags will be distributed in the parking lot of the fields
    Northwest Pool, 2331 60th Street N ., sandbags will be distributed in the pool parking lot
  • In Pasco County:
    EAST: Pasco County Public Works (C-Barn) 30908 Warder Rd, San Antonio
    WEST: Magnolia Valley Golf Course Clubhouse 7223 Massachusetts Ave, New Port Richey
  • In Polk County:
    Mulberry – 900 NE 5th St., Mulberry, (863) 519-4734
    Lakeland – 8970 N. Campbell Road, Lakeland (863) 815-6701
    Fort Meade – 1061 NE 9th St., Fort Meade (863) 285-6588
    Frostproof – 350 County Road 630A, Frostproof (863) 635-7879
    Auburndale – 1701 Holt Road, Auburndale (863) 965-5524
    Dundee – 805 Dr. Martin Luther King St. SW, Dundee, (863) 421-3367
  • In Hernando County:
    Check back for information