For those who need to evacuate, but don’t have their own transportation, a hurricane can cause some real anxiety. Pinellas County officials want to make sure that everyone can get to safe shelter.
If you sign up for the special needs registry, you will be asked about your transportation plans. If you need a ride to a shelter, your local fire department will be in contact with you to make arrangements when the time comes to evacuate.
If you don’t require special needs transport, PSTA buses will run nearly all their routes until it’s no longer safe to travel. During an evacuation, buses will also run from transfer stations to local shelters. All rides are free in an evacuation. Locate your closest bus stop in advance so you’ll know where to go.
Some people may not qualify for special needs transport, cannot ride the bus and have no other means of transportation to evacuate. If you are in that situation, contact your local fire department or the Department of Emergency Management in advance for special assistance. Take advantage of the help that is there for you. Don’t stay in a dangerous situation just because you don’t have your own ride. Call the PSTA Info Line (727) 540-1900 www.psta.net. Plan to bring only essential items, including your Emergency Survival Kit and important papers.
Pinellas County Emergency Operations Center
Department of Emergency Management
During an emergency activation call the
Citizen Information Center at (727) 464-4333.