Stay off wet roads, and be prepared for an emergency
(Sept. 17, 10:45 a.m.) From the Tucson Unifed School District: All after-school activities are canceled for today.
(Sept. 17, 10:55 a.m.) The City of Tucson has distributed 8,000 sandbags today, and is expecting delivery of 60,000 additonal sandbags from Phoenix within the next couple of hours.
The locations for distribution of sandbags/sand for a potential storm event are:
North side - Ft Lowell Park, 2900 N. Craycroft Rd., at the parking lot off of Craycroft;
Central - Reid Park, 1100 S. Randolph Way, at Randolph Way and 22nd Street in the parking lot just east of the elephant exhibit
South side - City of Tucson staging yard between 6647 and 6663 S Missiondale Rd (east side of the road);
East side - Udall Park, 1700 E. Tanque Verde Rd., just south of the buildings at the recycle/treecycle yard;
West side - Menlo Park, 1100 W. Fresno St., just west of the pool at Fresno St; and
Southeast side - Purple Heart Park, 9800 E. Rita Rd.
Pickup begins at 8 a.m. It is self service, 10 bags per person so that the City can accommodate as many residents as possible. The City will supply sand, sand bags, ties and shovels.
Staff from the City's Department of Transportation will be on location to assist, but the sand bags will not be pre-filled.
The City of Tucson will have 10,000 bags available for distribution, with 2,000 of those provided by Pima County.
With heavy rain in the Tucson weather forecast - and numerous swift water rescues last week - the Tucson Fire Department (TFD) is urging motorists to stay away from washes when it rains.
In addition to that warning, September is National Preparedness Month, and TFD urges you to be prepared for 72 hours of distress. Tips include keeping a gallon of water on hand for each person, stocking a three-day supply of non-perishable food, having a battery-powered radio with fresh batteries, and more.
The American Red Cross Southern Arizona Chapter has published safety tips about what to do - and not to do - during heavy rain. Some of those tips include not walking or driving through water, staying away from power lines, watching for snakes and small animals that could get into your home, and being alert for potential gas leaks.
Monitor the National Weather Service for the latest storm updates.
City of Tucson Twitter accounts for emergency notifications:
Pima County Storm Information: