Sandbag stations available throughout Washoe County

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RENO, Nev. (KOLO)- With a storm approaching this weekend, sandbag stations have opened throughout Washoe County. You have to fill your own sandbag so it is advised that you bring your own shovel.

The list of places to get sandbags:

• Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District Station #223, 130 Nectar St., Lemmon Valley
• Lemmon Drive and Pompe Way intersection, Lemmon Valley
• Blue Heron Circle and Warrior Lane intersection, Belli Ranch
• Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District Station #30, 3905 Old Hwy 395, Washoe Valley
• Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District Station #16, 1240 Eastlake Blvd, Washoe Valley
• Washoe County Operations Yard, 3101 Longley Lane, Reno
• Highland Ranch Parkway, one mile west of Pyramid Hwy, Sparks
• Andrew Lane and Paddlewheel Lane intersection, Pleasant Valley

Besides giving away sandbags, county officials are giving away tips to prepare for the winter season. Because of the unexpected winter last year, officials are encouraging residents to plan ahead. If you live in a flood-prone area, you might want to research about flood insurance.

County officials are also suggesting to have an emergency kit ready. Fill a bag with water, food, first aid supplies and clothes, in case you need to leave in a moments notice. Another tip is to sign up for emergency notifications through the Code Red System to stay informed in case of an emergency.

If you want to stay informed throughout the winter season you can contact the Washoe 311 Customer Service Center by dialing 311 or by calling 775-328-2003 or email