DO:

- Fill each sandbag one-half to two-thirds full
- Stack by staggering like bricks
- Place tied end of sandbag facing away from your home
- Stack 1-2 layers high but if you’re in a flood-prone area make it 3-5 layers

DON’T:

- Overfill -- this leaves gaps water can get through where the bags are budging
- Stack one directly on top of another -- this leaves gaps between bags
- Place tied end toward home -- this could break, sending not only flood water but sand into your home

GO GEL:

- New gel “sandbags” can be purchased at most home improvement stores
- A chemical reaction inside the bag causes it to swell up when water hits and shrinks back down in four days when conditions are dry
- Lightweight and easy to move and place
- Stacking not necessary
- No mess and no maintenance
- Available in different sizes to protect different parts of your home
- Environmentally friendly option which can be reused year after year