Fire Recovery Guide: U.S. Rep. Anna Eshoo, D-Palo Alto, has put out a 16-page guide for fire victim benefits and assistance.
Santa Cruz County Human Services benefits hotline:1-888-421-8080. Residents impacted by the fire who are enrolled in benefits programs may be eligible for replacement benefits.
Evacuees may be eligible for CalFresh (formerly known as food stamps.) Apply at or Apply by phone at 1-888-421-8080 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday. Information is at
Federal assistance for individuals and businesses: Santa Cruz County residents affected by the wildfire may be eligible for temporary and permanent housing, crisis counseling, disaster unemployment assistance and other help. Register at Registration for federal assistance is here in Spanish. Call 1-800-621-3362 for help or questions. Registration can also be done on the FEMA mobile app.

  • Note: The deadline to apply for $500 in emergency cash assistance has been extended to Sept. 12. U.S. citizenship is not required. Register at For help, speak to a federal representative 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday Sept. 8 at the Paradox Hotel, 611 Ocean St. in Santa Cruz, or 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily at the Recovery Resource Center at Kaiser Permanente Arena, 140 Front St. in Santa Cruz.

Small Business Administration Loans: Federal disaster loans homeowners, renters, businesses and private nonprofits. Register at Disaster No.
CA-00325. Staff is available at [email protected] or
800-659-2955. Open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. EDT daily.
Recovery Resource Center: A one-stop shop for help that ranges from federal benefits registration to grocery money. The event is open daily 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Kaiser Permanente Arena, 140 Front St., Santa Cruz.

  • Information will include details on rebuilding, debris, utilities, insurance, social services and replacement documents.
  • Free two-hour parking will be provided.
  • Information at the in-person event also is online.

  • Men’s clothing – pants, t-shirts, shoes, socks, underwear, hoodies, sweatshirts and sweat pants
  • Women’s clothing – pants, t-shirts, shoes, socks, underwear, hoodies, sweatshirts and sweat pants
  • Bath and hand towels
  • Bed sheets/linens – queen-sized and smaller
  • Sleeping pads
  • Pillow cases
  • Ice chests, coolers
    • Drop-off sites: Santa Cruz County Warehouse, 1082 Emeline, Santa Cruz. Warehouse open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday to Saturday.
    • South County Donation Site, 114 Walker St., Watsonville. Site open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday to Saturday.
Santa Cruz Regional 911 text and email updates: Sign up for CodeRed.
Social media: Authorities announce evacuation orders, breaking news and other information at these Twitter accounts:

Other Santa Cruz County wildfire resource pages
United Way CZU Fire Resources Guide

  • Face masks
  • Three-day supply of non-perishable food, three gallons of water per person, pet food and water for pet.
  • Supplies: flashlight, first aid kit, medications, eyeglasses, battery-operated or crank radio, tools, clothing, sanitary supplies, cash in small denominations, contact information, a print map for alternate routes, chargers for cell phones, laptops, other devices.
  • Documents: insurance policies, identification, pictures, irreplaceable memorabilia
  • Cash, credit and ATM cards
  • Medical equipment
  • More items here
Search the American Red Cross directory and see if they have listed themselves as safe and well.
Click here to list yourself safe on the public directory.
Missing persons can be reported to the Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office at 831-471-1121.
The Santa Cruz County Emergency Operations Center has opened a temporary medical clinic for evacuees at the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds, 2601 E. Lake Ave. in Watsonville. For emergencies, call 911.
Evacuees who need prescriptions filled: Chain pharmacies (such as Walgreens) can transfer prescriptions to other branches so medications can be picked up outside the evacuation zone.