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  • Pima County Prepares for Tropical Storm Odile, flooding

    Sep 16, 2014 | Read More News
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    The Pima County Office of Emergency Management continues to monitor the weather situation associated with the remnants of Hurricane Odile, now Tropical Storm Odile. Chief Deputy Chris Nanos assesses the situation

    PCOEM is responsible for coordinating Pima County’s response to emergencies and other events such as flooding. And its Emergency Operations Center serves as a communications hub and coordination center for dozens of regional government agencies, first responders and nongovernmental organizations. The PCOEM has been working with all of these agencies and organizations in preparation of this week’s expected heavy rainfall as a result of Odile. 

    The EOC will activate at 8 a.m., Sept. 17 and remain activated 24 hours a day until potential threats subside. Among the agencies that will staff the EOC are Pima County Flood Control, the National Weather Service, the Red Cross, Pima County Public Works and representatives from the city of Tucson and other jurisdictions and utility companies. All will be maintaining situational awareness and be prepared to support first responders. No media are allowed in the EOC during activation but Pima County Communications will have a staff member there sending out confirmed information to the media via email and social media. The county also will open a Joint Information Center in the first floor of the County Administration building, 130 W. Congress St., to provide timely updates to the media. Any media requests will be handled through the County Communications Office, 520-724-9999.  Deputy County Administrator Jan Lesher in a briefing

    Odile Information Webpage 

    The county will have a temporary webpage,, active at 8 a.m. Wednesday to provide the public information about the county’s response to any emergencies that may be associated with the expected rainfall this week. 


    Numerous requests are coming in regarding the availability of sandbags. The county has been in contact with local retailers and realizes that supplies are growing short. Members of the public are encouraged to call retailers in advance about availability. As of this afternoon we were aware Lowe’s and Grainger having supplies on hand.
    The county is making available for the public stockpiles of sand and sandbags at strategic locations throughout the region and has partnered with several jurisdictions to make them accessible to populations that were particularly impacted during the flood event last week. The county asks that members of the public who need sandbags take only what they need so that there are enough for everyone. 

    The county’s Department of Transportation has 1,000 filled sandbags and has approximately 15,000 empty on hand, though more can be obtained from the state as needed. 
    Granite Construction has donated 20 tons of sand that will be used to support disadvantaged areas prone to flooding. Pima County Emergecny Operations Center

    The county has worked with Oro Valley, the city of Tucson, Tohono O’odham Nation, Golder Ranch Fire, Green Valley Fire, Rural Metro Fire, Drexel Heights Fire, Pima County DOT and Natural Resources Parks and Recreation to identify points of distribution for sandbags. At this time we will be using the following distribution locations and will communicate to the public if more distribution sites are made available: 
    • Green Valley Fire Station 153, 210 E. Continental Road.
    • Golder Ranch Fire Stations, 3835 E Golder Ranch Road and 355 E Linda Vista Blvd.
    • Drexel Heights Fire Station 801 located on the corner of Camino Verde and Ajo Way.
    • Shultz Arena, 12000 S. Nogales Highway.
    • Tohono O’odham Nation Public Works yard in Sells.
    • Town of Marana, 5100 W. Ina
    • Town of Marana, 12775 Sanders Road.

    Other Support and Readiness:

    The American Red Cross is working to identify shelters, if needed.

    Davis-Monthan Air force Base and U.S. Customs and Border Protection have offered support personnel and resources. 

    The Pima County Sheriff's Department has activated the Sheriff's Operation Center (SOC) at the Pima Emergency Communications and Operations Center. This will facilitate the monitoring of the overall storm situation and improve coordination with other emergency and civilian agencies. All deputies will report to work Wednesday and Thursday in uniform and are available to assist as needed. The Sheriff's Department is prepared to respond to a potentially high volume of calls for service.

    PCOEM has been in contact with Arizona Division of Emergency Management identifying additional resources if necessary.

    Helpful Links:

    General Information about the county’s OEMHS and link to the county’s emergency operations plan:

    There also are links under the Resources tab on this page to other OEM offices in the state and region, including the state’s office.

    Tips for preparing for storms and flooding:

    General information about County Flood Control’s precipitation and streamflow monitoring system:

    The ALERT precipitation and streamflow system

    Road closures in the unincorporated County:

    City of Tucson road closure announcements.