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Activated! PSPS Event

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Posted by Jim  KN6PE, 8 Oct 2019

The City of Cupertino activated Citizen Corps to respond to a Public Safety Power Shutdown (PSPS) event that impacted 15% of Cupertino residents. CARES provided ICP and communications support for an information outreach effort performed by CARES, CERT, MRC, and City Staff. The mission: ensure affected residents were aware that a power outage was eminent and describe the services that the City was offering. A flyer was left at all 3300 residences with more details.

In Cupertino, the power outage started at about 11:00pm on 9-Oct-19 Wednesday night. By 2:00pm Thursday, power was restored. The short duration of the outage was good news for everyone impacted given the outage was expected to last for up to 7 days.

This event helped validate several of our processes, procedures, and training that we have in place. It also helped uncover some areas that needs work. See the After Action Report submittal to the City.   More Details...


PG&E's Public Safety Power Shutoff

Posted by Jim KN6PE, 5 Sep 2019

The Emergency Management news over the summer was all about PG&E's Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) plans. While PSPS is a new concept to Northern California, it is nothing new down south. Naturally, understanding the risks and implications of a PSPS event to the SF Bay Area was a big topic.

At the CARES September general meeting, Bob N6IM lead the membership through PG&E's PSPS program and a review of what it means to the City, Cupertino Citizens Corps, and CARES. If there is good news in any of this: the difference between a PSPS event and an Earthquake is that we will know a PSPS is coming; our response will be similar.

Check out the presentation here and the new PSPS Resource Page for additional links.   


2019 Field Day a big hit!

Posted by Darryl KI6LDM, 23 Jun 2019

We have yet another amazing and successful 2019 Field Day because all of you helped make it happen!

We combined our Field Day with the Cupertino OES Preparedness Fair. As a result, we had a lot of walk-ups who were actually interested in what we were doing. We talked up preparedness, amateur radio, and how the two play together. We had a good operational GOTA station and even had a few visitors make contacts under the guidance of Brian AG6GX. Our NVIS setup on 40 meters worked quite well and nicely complemented Kevin K6TD’s hex beam/triplexer arrangement on 15 and 20 meters.

FT8 was a new mode for us and we made several contacts. CALFIRE’s Communications Unit 1629 out of Morgan Hill also joined us this year -- thank you Lyon AI6F and team! Out information booth, staffed by Mary KI6GCX, was busy with several visitors expressing interest in CARES and other Cupertino Citizen Corps activities. We had a visit from Kristen McIntyer K6WX ARRL Vice Director who had a chance to tour the site and see how Cupertino runs field day!

Lastly, a special shout-out to Skip WA6VFD as our Safety Officer, Paul KI6DRN as event photographer, the set up and tear down crew, and all who made this event another success!   


What's in your Go-Kit?

Posted by Jim  KN6PE, 6 Mar 2019

Technically, a Go-Kit is a pre-identified collection of equipment and personal gear that you will need to perform your duties as an Emergency Communicator in the event of an activation.

Yet, they are also a reflection of our personal style on how we respond to the field. The parts we assemble, how we store them, power them, and use them help ensure our success during a deployment. This is the topic for the March 2019 CARES meeting.

See the Go-Kit presentation for all the details.   


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Upcoming Activities


2 Jan 2020, General Meeting
Topic: TBD. 7:30pm to 9:00pm, Social Room, Quinlan Center   

11 Jan 2020, Critical Facilities Assessment
Teams will be deployed from ARKs to perform windshield surveys of City infrastructure   

6 Feb 2020, General Meeting
Topic: TBD. 7:30pm to 9:00pm, Social Room, Quinlan Center   

5 Mar 2020, General Meeting
Topic: TBD. 7:30pm to 9:00pm, EOC, City Hall   

2 Apr 2020, General Meeting
Topic: TBD. 7:30pm to 9:00pm, Social Room, Quinlan Center   

11 Apr 2020, Big Bunny 5K
CARES support for this annual family friendly 5K run/walk. 7:00am to 11:00am.   

7 May 2020, General Meeting
Topic: TBD. 7:30pm to 9:00pm, EOC, City Hall   

4 Jun 2020, General Meeting
Field Day, Forth of July Event Prep. 7:30pm to 9:00pm, Social Room, Quinlan Center   

27 Jun 2020, Field Day!
National Amateur Radio event that promotes emergency communications preparedness. Location TBD, 8:00am to 5:00pm.   

4 Jul 2020, Fireworks Event!
CARES, CERT, and MRC support for Cupertino's annual Fireworks event. 4:45pm to 11:00pm.   

3 Sep 2020, General Meeting
Topic: TBD. 7:30pm to 9:00pm, Social Room, Quinlan Center   

1 Oct 2020, General Meeting
Topic: TBD. 7:30pm to 9:00pm, Social Room, Quinlan Center   

5 Nov 2020, General Meeting
Topic: TBD. 7:30pm to 9:00pm, Social Room, Quinlan Center   

3 Dec 2020, General Meeting
Year-end Review. 7:30pm to 9:00pm, Social Room, Quinlan Center