Emergency Sandbags and Plastic Sheeting

Oakland Public Works is helping residents prepare by offering emergency sandbags and sheeting.

UPDATE for Thursday 1/5/23: Since Sunday, OPW has provided tens of thousands of free sandbags to Oakland residents and has worked furiously to continue restocking supplies. As of Thursday morning 1/5, sandbags are available at the Municipal Service Center at 7101 Edgewater Drive.


We encourage you to get an early supply of sandbags at your local hardware, landscaping or home improvement stores now before supplies are exhausted. Purchasing sandbags and sheeting now means you'll be able to place them before rain and flooding endanger your home, store or property. Watch the City's videos on How to Prepare Sandbags and How to Place Plastic Sheeting.

When heavy rains are forecast, Public Works will provide emergency sandbags (up to 10) and plastic sheeting (up to 20 feet) to Oakland residents and business owners while supplies last, to help divert runoff away from buildings and to help prevent flooding and mudslides. Bring your ID to prove residency. Be prepared to fill your own if needed. Locations and hours are provided below:

Municipal Service Center, 7101 Edgewater Drive

Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Saturday & Sunday, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Drainage Services Facility, 5921 Shepherd Canyon Road

Monday – Friday, 7 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Instructional Videos from the City of Oakland