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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 the 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!   


Cupertino Hazards and Risks Update

USGS Cover

1 Sep 2016

During the September General meeting, we took time out to review the various hazards that we face within the City, as well as what CARES, and Citizen Corps, has done to prepare for them.

The top city hazards include dam failure, earthquakes, power failure, terrorism/WMD, and wildland fires. Cupertino Citizen Corps has had some type of exercise in almost all of these areas to test our readiness and refine our response.

To this end, there are exercises planned for later this year -- in October, Cupertino Citizen Corps will take the lead on testing our ARK Zone Safety Assessment process. In December, CARES will use an earthquake scenario where we will open all City ARKs for a Zone Reporting/Communications exercise. See the calendar for events leading up to both drills.   More Details...


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Upcoming Activities


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

6 Apr 2019, W6TDM Repeater Traning
Learn the basics of how repeaters work and how to be a W6TDM controller. This is knowledge all CARES members should have. City Hall EOC Room, 9:30-11:00 am   

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...

2 Nov 2019, Sheriff's Heroes Fun Run
Public service event and fund raiser that directly benefits children’s health services at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center. City Hall, 8:00am to 12:00pm   More Details...