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Cupertino survives simulated Communications Outage

Radio Operations in the Field and Comm Van

Posted by Jim KN6PE, 21 Nov 2015

Cupertino Citizen Corps held a Communications Outage exercise where we simulated a total loss of landline and cell phone communications throughout the Bay Area. Ten teams, each consisting of a CARES and CERT member, were deployed into the field to establish Community Emergency Assistance Request stations to help distribute information from the City as well as take in and pass simulated 911 requests for help. With the teams handling a total of 52 messages over 2 hours, we confirmed that integrating CCC members is a great way to leverage our resources. We learned a lot and plan to refine our processes based on the feedback we received. Thanks to all who participated for your help!   More Details...


First Mesh Deployment!

Mesh node with camera on Pacifica Avenue

12 Nov 2015

Its been a long time coming. With workshops and flash parties behind us, it was time to see if this really works, and adds value to our served agencies! Our target event was the County Sheriff's Heroes Run on Nov 7. Judy KK6EWQ, Doug KJ6LLY, Skip WA6VFD, and Jim KN6PE fielded 6 mesh nodes supporting 2 webcams and 5 VoIP telephones. Overall, the deployment went per the plan and we definitely see opportunities to refine our solution!   More Details...


Everyone wins with Sheriff's Heroes Run fundraiser

CARES and SO briefings

Posted by Jim KN6PE, 7 Nov 2015

CARES was back again to support the County Sheriff's Heroes 5K run, a fundraiser for Santa Clara Valley Medical Center Pediatrics. CARES deployed 14 members along the race course to provide eyes and ears support for the SO, and there definitely was no lack of radio traffic, making this an excellent field operations and message passing exercise! Thank you CARES participants for a great job!   


CCC Field Drill hit the mark!

CCC drill briefing before deployment

Posted by Allan KD6QPP, 20 Oct 2015

On Saturday October 17, Cupertino Citizen Corps deployed 13 teams of CARES and CERT members into the field as part of a mock earthquake scenario to assess damage and report their findings. Feedback from the event was very positive and the teams worked well together! Watch for the After Action Report for more details.   


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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