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.
Drive to a rally point:
- Drive locally to a rally point.
- Park vehicle.
- Receive transportation to an evacuation center.
- No registration needed. Information/instruction will be provided at rally point.
- Pick-up transportation to a rally point and center via Sarasota County Area Transit disaster bus route (SCAT's modified Sunday bus route).
Register for public transportation:
- For those who cannot drive or otherwise be transported by family, friends or neighbors, Sarasota County will provide last-resort, free bus transportation for you and your pets (along with a limited amount of supplies) to and from a general population, evacuation center. Transportation will be offered at designated rally points throughout the county.
- Complete the online registration form. All county libraries are available to help with online registration for those without a computer.
- The form will include guidance for those who cannot drive or walk to a designated rally point.
- Rally points may change depending on the severity of a storm. Residents who pre-register will receive an automated telephone message with information about the location of rally points and when they will be picked up.
- Important: The online registration process will cease when landfall is expected within 60 hours.