Big Sand Bag Demonstration: Judson University Christian College

Emergency Preparedness Sandbag Demonstration at Judson Will Be Held October 20

(ELGIN, IL - October 12, 2009) Judson University Department of Emergency Preparedness and Plant Operations is hosting a unique Bigbagusa sand bagging demonstration. The event will be held at 1 p.m., Tuesday, October 20, at the Plant Operations parking lot south (at the end of President’s Drive) on Judson's campus, 1151 N. State St., Elgin, Ill.

Disaster Relief and Innovative Protection Systems, LLC of St. Louis, Mo., has offered to come to Judson and conduct the demonstration to area public works and emergency management agencies in the Elgin area. The demonstration will be of a new flood protection system used for sandbag replacement.  The demonstration is targeted towards any industrial, commercial or agricultural business or property owner who might need to create a temporary flood barrier or construct a permanent levee system to protect their property. 

The demonstration is free and will be from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. with Q & A to follow. Registration and distribution of materials will begin at 12:30 in the Plant Operations building. For planning purposes, please send an email to if planning to attend.

Sand for the demonstration is being supplied by Meyer Materials,  a premier supplier of ready-mix concrete and construction aggregates in northeast Illinois and southeast Wisconsin. 

Bigbags flood protection systems have been used in Europe and Asia for the last fifteen years and have recently been introduced to the United States.  They are easier to use, quicker to deploy and are more cost effective than sandbags, saving thousands of dollars in the cost of implementing a flood protection system. This product won first place at the National Inventors show held in Pittsburgh in 2008.

Disaster Relief and Innovative Protection Systems have set up a manufacturing facility and sales office in St. Louis, Mo. The Missouri Department of Transportation is now using Bigbagsusa. DRIPS is also currently working with many property owners, state and local public works and emergency preparedness agencies to help reduce costs by developing proactive flood protection implementation strategies.

We urge you to attend the demonstration to cover this exciting and innovative product and to visit the Big Bags product website at to see application videos or to contact them.


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