About Us

Who we are | Mission | Objectives | What we do
Who we serve | Why CARES works | Membership | Contact us

Who we are

Our Mission

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.


Our Objectives


What we do


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:


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

Criteria to become a CARES Associate Member (under 18 years old)

Criteria to become a CARES Member


Contact Us

email cares@cupertino.org
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.

Upcoming Activities

6 Apr 2017, General Meeting
Topic: San Jose Water & Emergency Preparedness. 7:30pm to 9:00pm, Social Room, Quinlan Center   

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...