Baldwin County Emergency Management Agency (BCEMA) releases pertinent information to the public on shelter openings and evacuations through public service announcements.
During a Local State of Emergency, Baldwin County residents with no means of transportation will need to contact Baldwin Rural Area Transportation System (BRATS) for home pick-up service and transport to local shelters. BRATS has buses readily available for wheelchair bound clients.
Following the execution of a Mandatory Evacuation Order however, for a Category 3,4 or 5 hurricane, BRATS will suspend its fees and additionally transport residents wishing to evacuate the County to pre-designated Evacuation Pick-up Points (PUPs), listed below:
Baldwin County Board of Education (BOE) school buses will then pick residents up from the PUPs and transport them to Baldwin County High School in Bay Minette, also known as the Hub, where they will offload school buses, register and board motor coach buses, contracted by the state, for transport to outside-county Community Shelters. In the event there is a shortfall of motor coach buses, BOE school buses will be used to assist with evacuation efforts. This service is provided FREE and residents will be returned when weather conditions are deemed safe and no longer hazardous.
Citizens are encouraged to schedule transportation in advance. BRATS may be contacted by calling:
251.937.0355 (North Baldwin)
251.990.4636 (Eastern Shore)
251.972.6817 (Central & South Baldwin)
251.580.2530 (After Hours)
Citizens who are non-ambulatory, bed-bound or who have special medical conditions should contact MedStar Emergency Medical Services or North Baldwin EMS for assistance.
Once a Local State of Emergency or Mandatory Evacuation Order has been issued, MedStar will begin picking up South Baldwin, Eastern Shore, and Central Baldwin residents and will transport them to local hospitals, and local Medical Needs Shelters and Electrical Support Shelters. North Baldwin EMS will pick up and transport North Baldwin residents.
For those infirmed individuals wishing to evacuate the County, MedStar and North Baldwin EMS will pick up residents from their homes and evacuate them to outside-county hospitals, and outside-county Medical Needs Shelters, which will be announced at the time of event.
Citizens are encouraged to schedule transportation with MedStar and North Baldwin EMS in advance. A fee will be charged.
MedStar may be contacted by calling 251.971.3775 or 1.866.298.8884 (Toll Free).
North Baldwin EMS may be contacted by calling 251.580.9499.