Activations, Exercises, and Events

Introduction | Activations | Exercises | Public Service Events | All 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:

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.

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.


Upcoming Activities

22 Jun 2019, Preparedness Fair
Memorial Park, behind Quinlan Community Center, 10:00am to 3:00pm. This event will at the same place and time as our Field Day   

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. 4:45pm 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...