Chris Hirsh, Public Information Officer


Santa Cruz County has partially activated the Emergency Operations Center to monitor the State and Federal response to this morning's terrorist attacks. The following information updates this morning's earlier press release.

Blood Drive

For those interested in donating blood, the nearest center open today is in San Jose. Residents can call 1-800-448-3543 to make an appointment, and to get information on hours open, and location. The County's Health Services Agency is working with the Santa Cruz County Chapter of Red Cross to coordinate local blood collection opportunities.

Mental Health Assistance

The County's Health Services Agency and the Santa Cruz County Chapter of the American Red Cross are working collaboratively to assess local needs and to facilitate an appropriate response to local schools and residents. As information about services becomes available, it will be posted on the County's website at

County Fair

The Santa Cruz County Fair will be closed Tuesday, September 11th until noon on Wednesday, September 12th. For additional information regarding activities and schedule, call County Fair Administration at 724-5671.

Information on Public Agencies

All County offices are scheduled to remain open. The cities of Watsonville, Scotts Valley, Santa Cruz, and Capitola remain open as well. The majority of State Offices are closed, the Superior Court remains open. Local public safety agencies remain in a heightened state of readiness.

Additional Information

Relatives of American Airlines passengers seeking information may call
1-800-245-0999. United Airlines has established a number for those seeking information on flights at 1-800-932-8555. United will also post any information it has on its website,   Morgan Stanley, the largest tenant in the World Trade Center, has established an emergency contact number for employees and their families at
1-888-883-4391. The Santa Cruz County Chapter of the American Red Cross has established a central contact number for local residents seeking information on family members in the affected areas. That number is  (831) 462-2881.

Emergency personnel will continue to monitor the situation for further developments.