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Everyone wins with Sheriff's Heroes Run fundraiser

CARES and SO briefings

Posted by Jim KN6PE, 7 Nov 2015

CARES was back again to support the County Sheriff's Heroes 5K run, a fundraiser for Santa Clara Valley Medical Center Pediatrics. CARES deployed 14 members along the race course to provide eyes and ears support for the SO, and there definitely was no lack of radio traffic, making this an excellent field operations and message passing exercise! Thank you CARES participants for a great job!   


CCC Field Drill hit the mark!

CCC drill briefing before deployment

Posted by Allan KD6QPP, 20 Oct 2015

On Saturday October 17, Cupertino Citizen Corps deployed 13 teams of CARES and CERT members into the field as part of a mock earthquake scenario to assess damage and report their findings. Feedback from the event was very positive and the teams worked well together! Watch for the After Action Report for more details.   


Flash party produces more Mesh Nodes

Flashing a Ubiquiti radio

Posted by Jim KN6PE, 10 Sep 2015

Who knew that a (firmware) flash party would be so popular! We had 8 CARES members participating with 2 new Linksys and 5 new Ubiquiti Mesh Network nodes being added to our resource pool. Next up: run a Pilot Test to check node coverage.


  


What if we lost communications in the City?

Broken Cable

Posted by Jim KN6PE, 6 Sep 2015

This was the topic for the September CARES meeting on dealing with a Communications Outage. As the first of 3 sessions leading up to our November drill, it sets the stage for how we will support our city residents who lose the capability to initiate a 9-1-1 call.   More Details...


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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