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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.

Bus route:

  • 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.