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

Criteria for Active Membership

Active Members are familiar with the risks the City faces, CARES operations, how we perform, has the tools needed for a field response, and are ready to be successful with a field assignment.

Criteria for Reserve Membership

Reserve Members may not have the time to devote to CARES to meet the Active Membership requirement. In the event of an activation, Reserve members may need time to refamiliarize themselves with CARES policies and procedures before receiving an assignment.


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:
Quinlan Community Center, Social Room
10185 N Stelling Road
Cupertino, CA 95014

NOTE!! no meeting in July or August. Check the weekly net to confirm meeting agenda and schedule.

Upcoming Activities

24 Jan 2019, Message Passing
Message passing is an essential skill for emergency communicators. This class will provide both instruction and practice. 6:30pm-9:00pm EOC Room, City Hall   

7 Feb 2019, General Meeting
This is a review and discussion on the lessons learned from our Earthquake 2018 exercise. Quinlan Center, 7:30pm to 9:00pm   

23 Mar 2019, Preparedness Fair
Memorial Park, behind Quinlan Community Center, 10:00am to 3:00pm   

13 Apr 2019, Pop-Up Packet Practice
SCCOo RACES opportunity for field packet practice. 9:00am to 12:00pm, Location TBD,   More Details...

20 Apr 2019, Big Bunny 5K
CARES support for this annual family friendly 5K run/walk. 8:00am to 11:00am, Cupertino City Hall.   More Details...

4 May 2019, Spring Communications Exercise
Save the date!   

22 Jun 2019, Field Day
National Amateur Radio event that promotes emergency communications preparedness. Location TBD, 8:00am to 5:00pm.   More Details...

4 Jul 2019, Fireworks Event!
CARES, CERT, and MRC support for Cupertino's annual Fireworks event. 4:30pm to 11:00pm.   More Details...