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

Facility NameAddress
Buchan Airport Community Park / Kiwanis Park1390 Old Englewood Road
Englewood, FL 34223
Colonial Oaks Park5300 Colonial Oaks Blvd.
Sarasota, FL 34232
Englewood Sports Complex1300 S. River Road
Englewood, FL 34223
Garden Elementary School700 Center Road
Venice, FL 34240
Larry Thoennissen Athletic Fields at George Mullen Activity Center1602 Kramer Way
North Port, FL 34286
Laurel Park and Sandra Sims Terry Community Center509 Collins Road
Nokomis, FL 34275
North Port Library13800 S. Tamiami Trail
North Port, FL 34287
Pine View School - Athletic Court Facilities1 Python Path
Osprey, FL 34229
Potter Park8587 Potter Park Drive
Sarasota, FL 34238
Publix Super Market at Shoppes of Bay Isles525 Bay Isles Parkway
Longboat Key, FL 34228
SCAT Downtown Transfer Station150 N. Lemon Ave.
Sarasota, FL 34236
SCAT UTC Transfer Station500 North Cattlemen Road
Sarasota, FL 34243
Siesta Beach948 Beach Road
Sarasota, FL 34242
Suncoast Technical CollegeN. Cranberry Blvd.
North Port, FL 34286
Taylor Ranch Elementary2500 Taylor Ranch Trail
Venice, FL 34293
Venice Community Center326 Nokomis Ave S
Venice, FL 34285