Activations, Exercises, and Events

Introduction | Activations | Exercises | Public Service Events | All Events

To ensure our responses processes work, CARES complements its' training activities with exercises and public service events. These activities work well in helping us test our tools, processes, and procedures with the goal of fine-tuning them as necessary. The ultimate goal is to put them to use whenever CARES, along with the rest of Cupertino Citizens Corp, are activated.


Activations are a declaration of some type of emergency resulting in a call up of first responders to assist with resolving the problem at hand. First Responders include paid public safety personnel as well as trained volunteers. There are different levels of activations; in Cupertino, these are:

Drills & Exercises

As described by FEMA, Drills & Exercises are excellent opportunities for CARES and CERT teams to practice, assess and improve their emergency response plans and on-the-ground operations while engaging their volunteers and refreshing the concepts and skills learned in CARES training.

Public Service Events

Public Service Events offer CARES membere another opportunity to practice its skills by deploying to support a comunity event, such as a race, community outreach, or other public-facing, non-emergency activity. The annual Cupertino Big Bunny Fun Run, Sheriff's Heroes Run, and Cupertino Fall Festival are just a few of these types of events that CARES supports.


Upcoming Activities

2 Feb 2023, Exercise Drill Prep
Topic: Prep for the January Alt911 Field deployment, 7:30pm, Zoom   

18 Feb 2023, ALT911 Exercise
Field deployment with packet and voice message passing, 8:30am to 12:00pm   

25 Feb 2023, County Quarterly Comm Drill
CARES plan is TBD. 09:00 to 13:00.   

2 Mar 2023, General Meeting
Topic: TBD, 7:30pm, Zoom   

6 Apr 2023, General Meeting
Topic: TBD, 7:30pm Zoom   

4 May 2023, General Meeting
Topic: TBD, 7:30pm, Zoom   

1 Jun 2023, General Meeting
Summer Event Planning -- ARRL Field Day, 4th of July. 7:30pm, Zoom