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Sandbag locations around San Mateo County

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Preparedness Information

  • Ready.gov. National citizen preparedness
  • Prepare.org. National American Red Cross disaster preparedness
  • NFPA.org. National Fire Protection Association – Educational Materials 

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Sandbag Pick-Up Locations

County residents in unincorporated areas may pick up sandbags free of charge at the following locations. There is a limit of 15 premade sandbags. In addition to premade sandbags, the County provides materials for individuals to fill as many bags as they need on their own. Requests for additional premade bags will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Emergency Phone Numbers

San Mateo County Department of Public Works Emergency Line (24 Hours)
(650) 363-4100

San Mateo County Department of Public Works (Monday-Friday 8am - 5pm)
(650) 363-4100

San Mateo County Office of Emergency Services (OES)
(650) 363-4790

California Office of Emergency Services
(916) 464-1013

To report downed wires or power lines, a power outage, a gas leak or other related emergency, call PG&E
(800) 743-5000 OR 911

Red Cross Disaster Services
(650) 259-1750