North San Diego County Sandbag Vendors
This is a list of vendors for sandbags provided by the San Diego County website. The Escondido
Fire Department, the County of San Diego, the Office of Emergency Services and the Unified San
Diego County Emergency Services Organization do not endorse or recommend any product or
company. This represents a list of vendors who have indicated the availability of their products.
This list is for information only, and additional companies may be found in telephone directories.
This is a list of companies that have indicated to the Office of Emergency Services that they will
be carrying sandbags this winter. Some of the companies only have sand and some only have
bags. Prices may differ greatly. Please call the store first for the latest information on
availability, price, and current address.
Dixieline Lumber Grangetto’s Farm and RCP Company
561 N. Tulip Garden Supply 577 N. Vulcan Ave.
Escondido, 530 East Alvarado Encinitas,
(760) 745-7271 Fallbrook, (760) 753-1164
Dixieline Lumber RCP Company
663 Lomas Santa Fe Drive Home Depot 1070 W. Mission Ave.
Solana Beach, 1001 El Camino Real Escondido,
(858) 755-0246 Encinitas, (760) 480-9696
Dixieline Lumber Sunrise Materials
13345 Poway Road Home Depot 1112 So. Santa Fe Dr.
Poway, 1550 W. Valley Pkway Vista,
(858) 486-6333 Escondido, (760) 726-9984
Grangetto's AG Supply Co.
29219 Juba Road Home Depot
Valley Center, 3838 W. Vista Way
(760) 749-1828 Oceanside,
How To Use Sandbags
From the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Walla Walla District , Walla Walla
Washington Emergency Management Branch Website
Sandbag Construction or hardware stores. Empty bags can be stockpiled for
The use of sandbags is a simple, but emergency use, and will be serviceable for several
effective way to prevent or reduce flood years, if properly stored. Filled bags of earth material
water damage. Properly filled and will deteriorate quickly.
placed sandbags can act as a barrier to Commercial plastic sandbags, made from
divert moving water around, instead of polypropylene, are also available from most bag
through, buildings. suppliers. These will store for a long time with
Untied sandbags are recommended minimum care, but are not biodegradable. Thus, they
for most situations. Tied sandbags have to be disposed of, or will remain around for a
should be used only for special situations long time. Do not use garbage bags, as they are too
when pre-filling and stockpiling may be slick to stack. Do not use feed sacks, as they are too
required, or for specific purposes such as large to handle. Use bags about 14-18" wide, and 30-
filling holes, holding objects in position, 36" deep.
or to form barriers backed by supportive A heavy bodied or sandy soil is most desirable
planks. Tied sandbags are generally for filling sandbags, but any usable material at or
easier to handle and stockpile. However, near the site has definite advantages. Coarse sand
sandbag filling operations can generally could leak out through the weave in the bag. To
be best accomplished at or near the prevent this, double bag the material. Gravelly or
placement site, and tying of the bags rocky soils are generally poor choices because of
would be a waste of valuable time and their permeability.
effort. If the bags are to be pre-filled at a Sandbag barriers can easily be constructed by
distant location, due consideration must two people, as most individuals have the physical
be given to transportation vehicles and capability to carry or drag a sandbag weighing
placement site access. approximately 30 pounds.
The most commonly used bags are
untreated burlap sacks available at feed
How to fill a sandbag
Filling sandbags is a two-person
operation. Both people should be wearing
gloves to protect their hands. One member of
the team should place the empty bag between
or slightly in front of widespread feet with
arms extended. The throat of the bag is folded
to form a collar, and held with the hands in a
position that will enable the other team
member to empty a rounded shovel full of
material into the open end. The person holding
the sack should be standing with knees slightly
flexed, and head and face as far away from the
shovel as possible.
The shoveler should carefully release the
rounded shovel full of soil into the throat of the
bag. Haste in this operation can result in undue
spillage and added work. The use of safety
goggles and gloves is desirable, and sometimes Place succeeding bags on top, offsetting
necessary. by one-half (1/2) filled length of the previous
Bags should be filled between one-third bag, and stamp into place to eliminate voids,
(1/3) to one-half (1/2) of their capacity. This and form a tight seal.
keeps the bag from getting too heavy, and Stagger the joint connections when
permits the bags to be stacked with a good seal. multiple layers are necessary. For unsupported
For large scale operations, filling sandbags layers over three (3) courses high, use the
can be expedited by using bag-holding racks, pyramid placement method.
metal funnels, and power loading equipment.
However, the special equipment required is not Pyramid Placement Method
always available during an emergency. The pyramid placement is used to increase
the height of sandbag protection.
Sandbag placement Place the sandbags to form a pyramid by
Remove any debris from the area where alternating header courses (bags placed
the bags are to be placed. crosswise) and stretcher courses (bags placed
Fold the open end of the unfilled portion of lengthwise).
the bag to form a triangle. If tied bags are
used, flatten or flare the tied end. Stamp each bag in place, overlap sacks,
Place the partially filled bags lengthwise maintain staggered joint placement, and tuck in
and parallel to the direction of flow, with the any loose ends.
open end facing against the water flow. Tuck
the flaps under, keeping the unfilled portion
under the weight of the sack.