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Emergency Response Go-Kits

Posted by Jim  KN6PE, 3 Feb 2017

Go-Kits are the tools of the trade during all of our response activities. 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.

At our February General Meeting, we reviewed Emergency Response Go-Kits with the added twist of doing a deeper dive into some of the areas that needed more elaboration, specifically coax connectors and cower connectors. As usual, the resulting discussion did not disappoint!

Thanks to the members who participated in the show-and-tell, shared their experiences and kits, and what worked and didn't work for them. With this added input, we will definitely update to the presentation (will re-post later) to share with the membership.

See the Go-Kit presentation here, and watch for a re-post within a few days.   


Earthquake Exercise tests CARES & CERT procedures

Lawson ARK

11 Dec 2016

This fall's CARES-sponsored exercise was designed to test a couple of new concepts related to both our communications capabilities as well as how we use the City's ARKs. Even with rain in the forecast (that started right after the drill debrief), 50 Cupertino Citizen Corps members (31 CARES, 29 CERT) turned out to participate in the exercise... a tremendous turnout!

With 5 objectives set for the exercise, two in particular were watched closely. New ARK Activation Levels and ARK opening procedures were put to the test. Did they work? With all 6 ARKS opened and staffed for ARK Zone reporting and communications, the answer is a (conditional) YES! We received plenty of good feedback on the procedures and will hold the Citizen Corps final review in January.

Additionally, ARKnet was exercised with voice communications between the De Anza ARK and the EOC. Local ARK responders were able to communicate directly with the Citizen Corps DOC without issue.

All in all, we could not have asked for a better exercise or outcome. While there are plenty of things to work on, we see this drill as a win for Cupertino! Stay tuned for the After Action Report.   More Details...


Citizen Corps completes Zone 6 Assessment

Posted by Jim  KN6PE, 29 Oct 2016

It looked like it was going to rain. But fortunately, the weather held up allowing the Cupertino Citizen Corps (CCC) to complete its Zone 6 Assessment Drill from the Hyde Middle School ARK.

With 25 CERT and 15 CARES members participating, CCC deployed 10 teams of 2 or 3 responders into the neighborhoods to simulate identifying, collecting, and reporting on injuries and damage that could have occurred from an earthquake that was simulated to occur the night before.

We set up a local Net Control Station to manage communications with all field teams... all accounted for at all times! We also maintained voice and packet communications with the EOC, sending ARK status messages and receiving PIO notices for local posting.

This was a terrific drill where CERT and CARES tried some new things, we learned a lot, and have plenty to work on in anticipation for a real activation. Thanks to all for your participation.   


Packet Party Time!

Packet Party Ops

Posted by Jim  KN6PE, 17 Sep 2016

What's more fun than pond full of ducks? How about no pond, no ducks, but a Packet Party in the Park! CARES hosted a hands-on packet session today to give our members a chance to get more up close and personal with packet operations.

This idea came from one of the recommendations from our Comm Outage Exercise held back in May where packet was the main player for passing 9-1-1 messages (see the story further down in this list). Eleven CARES members came out with their own kits, or borrowed some of ours. We operated off the grid using newly created battery paks as well as one generator. With exercises in hand, everyone had plenty of time work packet!

Watch for more hands-on packet sessions planned for later this year!   


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Upcoming Activities


4 Dec 2017, Passing Written Messages
Come learn/review/practice written message passing. For all CARES members. 6:30 pm in City Hall Conf. Rm A. Call on 147.570 if the door is locked.   

7 Dec 2017, General Meeting
Topic: Cross-band Repeaters. Quinlan Center, Social Room. 7:30pm to 9:00pm   

4 Jan 2018, General Meeting
Topic: TBD, Quinlan Center, Social Room. 7:30pm to 9:00pm   

27 Jan 2018, PSA Drill
This annual "at home" drill is an important part of our preparedness. 8:00am-9:00am at your own home.   More Details...

1 Feb 2018, General Meeting
Topic: TBD. Quinlan Center, Social Room. 7:30pm to 9:00pm   

10 Feb 2018, Introduction to Emergency Comm
Presented by SC County ARES/RACES. Cupertino Senior Center 9:00am-12:00pm   

1 Mar 2018, General Meeting
Topic: TBD. Quinlan Center, Social Room. 7:30pm to 9:00pm   

17 Mar 2018, Fundamentals of Emergency Comm
Presented by SC County ARES/RACES. An essential class for new MACs. Cupertino Senior Center 9:00am-12:00pm   

5 Apr 2018, General Meeting
Topic: TBD. Quinlan Center, Social Room. 7:30pm to 9:00pm   

3 May 2018, General Meeting
Topic: TBD. Quinlan Center, Social Room. 7:30pm to 9:00pm   

7 Jun 2018, General Meeting
Topic: TBD. Quinlan Center, Social Room. 7:30pm to 9:00pm