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Sunrise over the 2018 Big Bunny Fun Run!

Posted by Jim  KN6PE, 31 Mar 2018

Well, it was that time of year again when Cupertino residents ran the 5km course in Cupertino's annual Big Bunny Fun Run! Twenty-five CARES and CERT members provided event support by keeping the City Staff informed on the progress of the 1000+ runners as well as the traffic conditions along the route.

We actually see a practical application for the event. What if the city needed to move all occupants from one shelter to another? And it had to be on foot? And we couldn't lose anyone and everyone must make it to the destination? We would do it the Big Bunny way!   


Wildland Fire Exercise Planning starts with SCCFD

Bat Chiefd Jason Faralski

1 Mar 2018

It was apparent that last year's wildland fires throughout California were a wake-up call that was hard to miss. So, with the Tubbs Fire and Thomas Fire still fresh in our minds, the CARES' Spring exercise will be a Wildland Urban Interface Fire that threatens our City.

To kick off the first of 3 training events on this topic, Santa Clara County Fire Department Battalion Chief Jason Falarski lead an informative session on how wildfire works, the risks we face in Santa Clara County, and what we could expect if one did occur (See the presentation here). Both CARES and CERT joined in to hear the details, with an excellent Q&A session that went into further detail. In short, there is a risk, and we need to be prepared for it.   


Citizen Corps completes the Zone 4 Assessment

Zone 4 Safety Briefing

Posted by Jim  KN6PE, 11 Feb 2018

Its clear that in the event of an emergency, checking on each other and our neighbors is critical to ensure the City can get the right help to those in need. This was the scenario with Lawson ARK as the target for this year's Cupertino Citizens Corps Zone Assessment exercise.

Originally planned for last October (cut short due to smoke from the wildland fires), CARES, CERT, and MRC members responded and staffed several teams that were deployed throughput the surrounding neighborhood to put eyes on every residence.

The key take-aways from this event is a recognition that, with sufficient participation from all of Citizen Corps, we can perform a complete city assessment within a reasonable amount of time. And this will be just what the city will need to speed the recovery.   


Cross-band repeaters... what's the opportunity?

28 Dec 2017

This was the question that came out of our December CARES meeting. Judy KK6EWQ lead the membership in a terrific discussion on the what's, how's, and when's of cross-band repeaters. See the the presentation here for the details.

The aspect of the presentation that was most interesting was the live demo using a Kenwood TM-V71 in cross-band repeat mode. With one side of the room on a VHF channel and the other side on UHF, we had a chance to not only see how the mode works, but also get to hear the self-Identification feature that the V71's have built in.

So, what's the opportunity? The picture on the right says it all... CARES will include a cross-band repeater test deployment as part of its May 2018 field exercise. This should confirm for us whether we have a new tool for our toolbox.   


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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
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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...