If you cannot drive to an evacuation center

Sarasota County will provide bus transportation for you and your pets (along with a limited amount of supplies) to and from a general population evacuation center.

This program is activated only when Sarasota County has a declared county emergency, an activation is ordered, and evacuation centers are opened. Transportation will be offered at designated rally points throughout the county.

Keep in mind…

  • Transport will be provided by Sarasota County Area Transit and school district buses.
  • Space on buses will be limited.
  • Baggage is limited to two carry-on sized bags per person that can be stored under a seat or held in lap.
  • Pets must be in a crate or carrier, and you must bring all pet supplies. 
  • Passengers cannot specify what shelter they will be transported to.
  • All transportation will cease when landfall is expected within eight hours.

Transportation Rally Points

  • Colonial Oaks Park

    1. Address:5300 Colonial Oaks Blvd.
      Sarasota, FL 34232
    2. Phone:(941) 861-5000
    1. Basketball
    2. Dog-Friendly (leash required)
    3. Gymnasium
    4. Indoor Rental
    5. Multi-Purpose Field
    6. Pickleball
    7. Picnicking
    8. Playground
    9. Recreation Building
    10. Restroom
    11. Shelter / Pavilion
    12. Tennis
    13. Tennis Court
    1. Playgrounds
    2. Recreation Centers
    3. Transportation Rally Points

Park Hours: 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Staff / Facility Hours:  Mon-Thur. 9:00 am-5:00 pm, Fri. 9:00 am-4:00 pm. Sat & Sun as needed for reservations.

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