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FEMA extends individual assistance deadline

FEMA has granted a request to extend the deadline to apply for individual assistance due to the February/March storms for 60 days, announced Santa Cruz County Office of Response, Recovery and Resilience.

The new deadline is July 20. A Disaster Recovery Center remains open at the County Governmental Building, 701 Ocean St., in Santa Cruz. In-person assistance is available Monday through Friday, 9am-5pm.

Residents may also apply online at, by calling 800-621-FEMA (3362), or using the FEMA app for assistance.

To be eligible, individuals must have suffered storm damages beginning on Feb. 21 or later, or have expenses related to storm activity. For information on the FEMA Individual Assistance process, go to

Fire Safe Council offers free home wildfire safety evals

Fire Safe Council of Santa Cruz County is offering free home wildfire safety assessments to residents living in wildfire risk areas, through the HIZ (Home Ignition Zone) Pilot program. 

It’s a free educational service that residents can request, to have a trained volunteer provide suggestions about home hardening and defensible space. The process takes about an hour, and is scheduled at a mutually convenient time between resident and assessor.

The pilot program’s current focus is the San Lorenzo Valley area.

To request this service, use the form on this webpage:

Omega Nu awards scholarships to 22 students

Omega Nu Santa Cruz awarded college scholarships to 22 students from Santa Cruz County schools during a Scholarship Reception for the students and their families at the Harvey West Park Clubhouse on May 23. 

The scholarships benefit high school seniors who will attend public California universities or colleges, and are based on both financial need and scholastic achievement. This year $102,000 was awarded to both new and renewal scholarships.

The 22 scholarships were awarded to Alivia Dapar, Charlotte Ramirez, Fabian Reyes, Febe Avitua, Hannia Reyes, Jemine Blanco, Mia Ruiz Martinez and Riley Ramos of Aptos High School; Bonn Williams and Coco DeBoer of Cabrillo Community College; Kaylee Gooch, Maya Manildi, Mia Duffus, Moorea Robertson and Zora Martin Etemadi of Harbor High School; Aaron Danen and William Brennan of Santa Cruz High; Basil Silver, Lynda Ontero and Savannah Hunter of Soquel High School; and Amy Weiss and Cassiopeia Tong-Zhou of Scotts Valley High School.

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