Emergency Preparedness and Response

In the event of a natural disaster, Pasco County Public Transportation (PCPT) is designated as Emergency Support Function for the Mass Evacuation Incident Annex. The primary mission of PCPT is to coordinate the evacuation efforts with participating/available public and commercial transportation providers to ensure persons that desire or require evacuation are transported in a safe and expeditious manner to the nearest appropriate designated shelter. The transportation evacuation function will serve both ambulatory and non-ambulatory persons in the designated or declared evacuation zones. Support will be provided as directed during voluntary and mandatory evacuations. Mandatory evacuation zones will receive priority support in terms of allocation and assignment of transportation resources.

Other functions include: 

  • Coordination of emergency transportation assistance in support of County departments, as well as other government and non-government agencies and organizations as directed by appropriate EOC authority.
  • Coordination with other EOC functions to reduce the potential of duplication of efforts, to provide current resource and capability status, and to request information or assistance.
  • Coordination with the School Board Transportation office to establish and provide evacuation routes to the general public.
  • Coordination with the School Board Transportation office to aid PCPT staff with staging buses, drivers and escorts in pre-established emergency operations areas throughout the County.