Activations, Exercises, and 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:
- Level 1 - Full Scale Activation of the City's Emergency Response Teams - In a full scale activation, all primary and support staff and personnel are notified. The City's Emergency Operations Center will be staffed by Division of Emergency Management personnel and all Emergency Support Functions.
- Level 2 - Partial Activation of City Emergency Response Team - This is a limited City activation. All primary, or lead, Emergency Support Functions are notified. The City's Emergency Operations Center will be staffed by Division of Emergency Management personnel and necessary Emergency Support Functions.
- Level 3 - Monitoring Activation - Level 3 is typically a "monitoring" phase. Notification
will be made to specific staff members, organizations, and Emergency Support Functions who would
need to take action as part of their everyday responsibilities. The City' Emergency Operation
Center will be staffed with
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.
A Drill is an activity that tests, develops, or maintains skills in a single emergency response procedure. Examples of drills are phone tree activations, field message handling, and NCS/EOC operations. Drills are held in the field or at other assigned operating positions using actual equipment when appropriate. Their focus is limited.
- Functional Exercises
Exercise The Functional Exercise is intended to test or evaluate the capability of one or more functions, or complex activities within a function. The results of a Functional Exercise are obtained when the activity or function can be effectively evaluated within the context of other emergency management activities. For CARES, multiple functions will be exercised, such as running EOC Operations during a Preliminary Damage Assessment Drill or Extended Field Response Drill, or information handoffs between the Cupertino ARES net and the County net. These exercises could be centered in an EOC or interim EOC, and may include simulations of outside activities and resources.
- Full Scale Exercises
The Full-Scale exercise is intended to evaluate the operational capability of emergency management systems in an interactive manner over a substantial period of time. It involves the test of major portions of the basic elements existing within the emergency operations plans and organizations in a stressful environment.
CARES will initiate CARES-only Full Scale Exercises as the main training tool that brings all previous training elements together in a full training exercise. The annual Simulated Emergency Test (SET) and Emergency Field Communications Exercise (ARRL Field Day) are two such CARES-only Full Scale Exercises.
CARES will also look for opportunities to participate in broader exercises if another emergency response jurisdiction develops such a training activity.
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.
6 Apr 2017, General Meeting
Topic: San Jose Water & Emergency Preparedness. 7:30pm to 9:00pm, EOC, City Hall
15 Apr 2017, Cupertino's Big Bunny Fun Run!
CARES has been asked to support this family friendly 5K run event. 8:00am to 11:00am, City Hall More Details...
4 May 2017, General Meeting
Topic: Infrastructure Safety Assessment (ISA) Drill Prep. 7:30pm to 9:00pm, EOC, City Hall
13 May 2017, ISA Exercise
CARES Field Deployment to perform the Infrastructure Safety Assessment Exercise. 8:00am to 12:00pm, details to follow.
1 Jun 2017, General Meeting
Topic: TBD. 7:30pm to 9:00pm, EOC, City Hall
24 Jun 2017, Field Day!
Annual "Emergency Field Communications" Drill. 8:00am to 4:30pm, Torre Ave between City Hall and the Library
4 Nov 2017, Sheriff's Heroes Fun Run!
Annual 5K run/walk and kids fun run sponsored by the Santa Clara County Sheriffs Office, County Fire, and Valley Medical Pediatrics. Cupertino Civic Center, 8:00am to 11:00am. More Details...