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Citizen Corps completes Zone 6 Assessment

Posted by Jim  KN6PE, 29 Oct 2016

It looked like it was going to rain. But fortunately, the weather held up allowing the Cupertino Citizen Corps (CCC) to complete its Zone 6 Assessment Drill from the Hyde Middle School ARK.

With 25 CERT and 15 CARES members participating, CCC deployed 10 teams of 2 or 3 responders into the neighborhoods to simulate identifying, collecting, and reporting on injuries and damage that could have occurred from an earthquake that was simulated to occur the night before.

We set up a local Net Control Station to manage communications with all field teams... all accounted for at all times! We also maintained voice and packet communications with the EOC, sending ARK status messages and receiving PIO notices for local posting.

This was a terrific drill where CERT and CARES tried some new things, we learned a lot, and have plenty to work on in anticipation for a real activation. Thanks to all for your participation.   


Packet Party Time!

Packet Party Ops

Posted by Jim  KN6PE, 17 Sep 2016

What's more fun than pond full of ducks? How about no pond, no ducks, but a Packet Party in the Park! CARES hosted a hands-on packet session today to give our members a chance to get more up close and personal with packet operations.

This idea came from one of the recommendations from our Comm Outage Exercise held back in May where packet was the main player for passing 9-1-1 messages (see the story further down in this list). Eleven CARES members came out with their own kits, or borrowed some of ours. We operated off the grid using newly created battery paks as well as one generator. With exercises in hand, everyone had plenty of time work packet!

Watch for more hands-on packet sessions planned for later this year!   


Cupertino Hazards and Risks Update

USGS Cover

1 Sep 2016

During the September General meeting, we took time out to review the various hazards that we face within the City, as well as what CARES, and Citizen Corps, has done to prepare for them.

The top city hazards include dam failure, earthquakes, power failure, terrorism/WMD, and wildland fires. Cupertino Citizen Corps has had some type of exercise in almost all of these areas to test our readiness and refine our response.

To this end, there are exercises planned for later this year -- in October, Cupertino Citizen Corps will take the lead on testing our ARK Zone Safety Assessment process. In December, CARES will use an earthquake scenario where we will open all City ARKs for a Zone Reporting/Communications exercise. See the calendar for events leading up to both drills.   More Details...


City Hall & De Anza ARKnet Sites Deployed!

City Hall Antenna Roof Rack

Posted by Marcel AI6MS, 27 Aug 2016

It's been a busy few months for the ARKnet project since the Lehigh Sector Site was deployed in February. Today, we successfully deployed the City Hall Client Site and brought the initial system online! A HUGE thanks to Ken Erickson from the City and our amazing volunteers Hella KJ6OHF, John KI6QDF, Javen KF7JO, and Paul for helping during each of these recent deployments. The De Anza ARK site was deployed on Saturday 7/16/2016 and is now our second fully off-grid solar-powered radio site and ready to be tested out in our next communications drill.

The ARKnet project network now has three functional sites which are the City Hall/EOC, De Anza ARK, and Lehigh Sector Site. With these three sites now deployed, we can start testing out the system and working with CARES and CERT to determine how we want to use the system and what our next features and sites will be.

If you want to learn more about this system, Marcel AI6MS will be giving a presentation on the ARKnet Project at the Pacificon Amateur Radio Convention on Saturday, October 15, 2016 in San Ramon. More information at www.pacificon.org.
  


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Upcoming Activities


5 Oct 2017, General Meeting
Topic: TBD. Quinlan Center, 7:30pm to 9:00pm   

14 Oct 2017, SCC RACES Exercise
The plan is to set up alternate EOCs. Ed Levin County Park, Milpitas, 8:00am to 4:00pm. Details to follow.   

2 Nov 2017, General Meeting
Topic: TBD. Quinlan Center, 7:30pm to 9:00pm   

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...

7 Dec 2017, General Meeting
Topic: TBD. Quinlan Center, 7:30pm to 9:00pm   

10 Feb 2018, Introduction to Emergency Comm
Presented by SC County ARES/RACES. Cupertino Room, Quinlan Center 9:00am-12:00pm   

17 Mar 2018, Fundamentals of Emergency Comm
Presented by SC County ARES/RACES. An essential class for new MACs. Cupertino Room, Quinlan Center 9:00am-12:00pm