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Emergency Resources

What do you need to know?

Governor Newsom of California reports that we have experienced 10,849 lightening strikes in the last 72hours and WORLD RECORD heat temperatures. These fires are being called the
CZU Lightning Complex Fires.

We are currently battling 367 known fires.

  • Stay Safe, remain calm and be prepared to go at a moments notice, for a list of what is recommended to pack click here.

  • Follow the advice from CalFire for warnings and evacuation notices click here.

  • Stay up to date with the latest maps click here.

  • Make sure your phone is set up for reverse 911 to be alerted click here.

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Where should you go?

See updated information on evacuation centers here: 


Official Evacuation centers:

  • Santa Cruz/Watsonville Fairgrounds
    2601 East Lake Ave. Watsonville, CA

  • Bay High School
    1 Lewis Foster Drive. Half Moon Bay, CA

  • San Mateo Human services
    Puente Pescadero (Spanish cultural support)
    and Red Cross on hand there.

  • Civic Auditorium
    307 Church Street, Santa Cruz, CA.


Other Sites offering space:

  • Santa Cruz Moose Lodge
    2470 El Rancho Drive, Santa Cruz offering water and place to wait.


  • Holy Cross Church
    26 High Street in Santa Cruz is offering the use of parking lots.


  • Cabrillo College
    Parking lot 6500 Soquel Dr, Aptos, CA


  • Santa Cruz Bible Church
    440 Frederick St, Santa Cruz, CA

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Evacuating animals:

Call 831-471-1182 for assistance.


American Red Cross:

Call 1-866-272-2237 for assistance.


Most recent evacuation map:


General info:

Direct Assistance

Positive Discipline's staff are actively supporting and coordinating the Facebook group: Santa Cruz County Fire Assistance & Resources, and creating immediate access to vital information and resources in English and Spanish. Support us by liking our page and sharing info to your network!


Contact PDCR to let us know what your parenting needs are, today,
tomorrow, next week... just know we care and are here for you!

CALL: 831-476-7284 x107 | TEXT: 831-292-4088 | PDCRCC.ORG



Stay tuned for updates from this group which has an active google spread sheet: Add both what you need and what you can offer by clicking here.


Special Needs Lift Line:



Santa Cruz Metro:



When do I need to go?

Be ready right now, but stay off the streets until an official order has been issued for your area--to allow for the folks who are under an immediate evacuation notice to navigate clear roads to safety.

2-1-1 is always a great resource, and currently United Way of Santa Cruz has received donations of activities, puzzles, and games available for YOUR family.




In this time of crisis both from COVID-19 and the fires across our beautiful communities the Community Foundations both of Santa Cruz and Monterey County are accepting donations and have created a specific Fire Response Fund.

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