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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.   


Flash party produces more Mesh Nodes

Flashing a Ubiquiti radio

Posted by Jim KN6PE, 10 Sep 2015

Who knew that a (firmware) flash party would be so popular! We had 8 CARES members participating with 2 new Linksys and 5 new Ubiquiti Mesh Network nodes being added to our resource pool. Next up: run a Pilot Test to check node coverage.


  


What if we lost communications in the City?

Broken Cable

Posted by Jim KN6PE, 6 Sep 2015

This was the topic for the September CARES meeting on dealing with a Communications Outage. As the first of 3 sessions leading up to our November drill, it sets the stage for how we will support our city residents who lose the capability to initiate a 9-1-1 call.   More Details...


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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...