Who we serve | Why CARES works | Membership | Contact us
Who we are
- We are a volunteer organization made up of licensed amateur radio operators with ties to Cupertino who have registered our qualifications and equipment for public service
- More than 70 of your neighbors who have formed an organized pool of amateur radio operators to provide reliable primary and backup communication links for the City of Cupertino and other agencies when needed.
- CARES was formed to serve the public. We serve the community without compensation of any kind.
- We vary in age (high school students to retirees), interests, and occupations.
- The only requirement for CARES membership is an Amateur Radio license and an interest in serving the community.
The mission of Cupertino ARES is to recruit, maintain, and train Amateur Radio volunteers capable of providing professional emergency communications, increasing the City's emergency response effectiveness, and speeding the recovery effort.
- Planning: understand the risks to, and needs of the city, and align our activities to address these needs.
- Preparedness: that the necessary personnel, training, equipment, and procedures are in place and exercised.
- Response: provide backup and emergency communications to our city and served agencies in times of need.
What we do
- Provide the city with an early assessment of damage and casualties from Cupertino neighborhoods to help the City focus their response during a disaster.
- Provide backup communications when regular resources break down or are overwhelmed.
- Handle message, information, command, and liaison radio traffic for CARES served agencies.
- Provide a city-wide creek watch during severe weather.
- Provide communications for community service events and activities.
- Conduct training and drills as necessary to accomplish our objectives.
Who we serve
CARES has formal agreements with its Served Agencies. Memorandums of Understanding (MOUs) have been completed, reviewed, and signed with the following organizations:
- City of Cupertino, MOU
- Santa Clara County Fire Department, MOU
- Cupertino Sanitary District, MOU
- San Jose Water Company, MOU
Why CARES works
CARES members pride themselves on their professionalism. We are "amateurs" only by virtue of volunteering our time, skill, and equipment at no cost to Cupertino residents to help our city, community, and neighbors in time of need.
CARES is open to all Cupertino residents holding a valid FCC-issued Amateur Radio license. There are no annual dues or fees. The only requirement for CARES membership is an Amateur Radio license and an interest in serving your community.
CARES members are also Cupertino Citizen Corps Volunteers. As City Volunteers, we align our volunteer policies with that of the City.
Criteria to become a Cupertino Citizens Corps Volunteer
- Must be 16 years of age.
- Must be sworn in as a City volunteer or Disaster Service Worker.
- Must be able to follow instructions.
- Must be able to work in teams toward a common objective.
Criteria to become a CARES Associate Member (under 18 years old)
- Registered Cupertino Citizen Corps Volunteer.
- Under 16 years: Participates in classroom meetings and training only.
- 16-17 years: Participates in meetings and training; exercises with parent or guardian.
Criteria to become a CARES Member
- Registered Cupertino Citizen Corps Volunteer, at least 18 years old.
- Have a valid FCC-issued amateur radio operator license.
- Have your own radio equipment necessary to support the CARES mission.
- Complete the CARES Field Responder qualification.
|U.S. Mail||Cupertino ARES/RACES
c/o Jim Oberhofer KN6PE
10300 Torre Avenue
Cupertino, CA 95014
|Phone||Emergency Coordinator, Cupertino ARES/RACES
408 839 8798
Cupertino Office of Emergency Services
408 777 3335
|Radio||CARES Net every Tuesday night, 7:45pm to 8:00pm PST 147.570 MHz Simplex|
|In Person||General Meeting is the 1st Thursday each Month, 7:30pm to 9:00pm, located at:
Cupertino City Hall
10330 Torre Avenue
Cupertino, CA 95014
Check the weekly net to confirm meeting agenda and schedule.
2 Mar 2017, General Meeting
Topic: Forms Review. 7:30pm to 9:00pm, Quinlan Community Center Social Room
6 Apr 2017, General Meeting
Topic: San Jose Water & Emergency Preparedness. 7:30pm to 9:00pm, EOC, City Hall
15 Apr 2017, Cupertino's Big Bunny Fun Run!
CARES has been asked to support this family friendly 5K run event. 8:00am to 11:00am, City Hall More Details...
4 May 2017, General Meeting
Topic: Infrastructure Safety Assessment (ISA) Drill Prep. 7:30pm to 9:00pm, EOC, City Hall
13 May 2017, ISA Exercise
CARES Field Deployment to perform the Infrastructure Safety Assessment Exercise. 8:00am to 12:00pm, details to follow.
1 Jun 2017, General Meeting
Topic: TBD. 7:30pm to 9:00pm, EOC, City Hall
24 Jun 2017, Field Day!
Annual "Emergency Field Communications" Drill. 8:00am to 4:30pm, Torre Ave between City Hall and the Library
4 Nov 2017, Sheriff's Heroes Fun Run!
Annual 5K run/walk and kids fun run sponsored by the Santa Clara County Sheriffs Office, County Fire, and Valley Medical Pediatrics. Cupertino Civic Center, 8:00am to 11:00am. More Details...