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Annual Citywide Exercise
October 21 & 22, 2011
Posted Date: 8/23/2011

Citywide Emergency Exercise October 21 & 22, 2011

Cupertino's annual citywide exercise is an opportunity for every member of the community to practice their earthquake safety and survival plans.  This year's focus is on individual survival skills including: proper methods of purifying water, how to get water from the water heater, natural gas, how to use a fire extinguisher and basic medical aid.

Latest Actions
1) Send picture of your pet to

2) Send picture of a portable radio to

3) Send picture of pet emergency aid kit to 

4) Send picture of first-aid kit to

Photo Upload Instructions
During the drill you will be asked to:
1. Take a photo.
2. Email your photo to: 
3. You can use the subject line to give your photo a “title” and the body to add a “description”.
4. Please be sure to include the address of where the picture was taken. If the device is capable, users are encouraged to enable geocoding of images for the purposes of this drill.
5. User-submitted photos can be viewed on the City of Cupertino Flickr page.

Latest Tips
If a person is bleeding, put direct pressure on the wound. Use clean gauze or cloth, if available.

Pet-paredness is Paramount! Disaster supplies and safety kits, for all family members – check! But did you remember to include your pets?  Make sure you have enough food and water for your animal companion for three days. Pet medications and first aid kits are essential, and a good reason to speak to your pet’s veterinarian in advance of an emergency. Identifying ownership of your pet is important, so make sure to have ID tags, adoption papers, vaccination documents, and a photo of you with your pet handy at all times. Crates, pet carriers, pet litter, paper towels, plastic bags, and bleach are other essentials to include. Last but not least, to make your pet comfortable in a stressful situation, include familiar items such as your pet’s favorite toys, bedding, treats so they have some comforts while coping with the disaster.

Ready 95014 App
City of Cupertino's launched "Ready 95014" the new iPhone and iPad app that puts safety information into the hands of Cupertino residents. Download the app from the App Store:

 Ready 95014 Download

Live City Channel Stream

Activity Schedule for Citywide Exercise
October 21, 2011 
10:00 am -  5:00 pm - Area Resource Centers (ARC) open at:

  • Seven Springs Clubhouse (Seven Springs Rd @ Stelling Ave)
  • Garden Gate Elementary School (Stelling & Greenleaf)
  • DeAnza College (perimeter road near the archery field)

10:30 am - 12:00 pm - Earthquake exercise at Garden Gate Elementary School
11:00 am - 12:00 pm - Evacuation drill at DeAnza College Learning Center Complex

October 22, 2011 
10:00 am -  5:00 pm - Area Resource Centers (ARC) open at:

  • Monta Vista Fire Station Stevens Creek Blvd @ Prado Vista
  • Hyde Middle School (blacktop area)
  • Lawson Middle School (basketball courts)

Camping demonstrations by Boy Scouts (Hyde & Lawson)
Girl Scout utility control demonstrations (Monta Vista Fire, Hyde & Lawson)
Medical aid demonstration (Hyde)
Community Emergency Response Team demonstrations (disaster medicine, managing disaster response)

Cutest Prepared Pet Contest
Bring your pet and their emergency kit to Garden Gate Elementary School ARC on Friday or Hyde Middle School ARC on Saturday and get your picture taken. The cutest pet will win a $100 gift certificate for emergency supplies and have their picture on all pet preparedness literature for 2012. Suggested supply list at under "Links to Preparedness Resources"

Partner with Us
Fill out the survey to see how you might help!

Are you Ready? 
Fill out the Preparedness Survey

Activities for Individuals

  • Practice living without electricity and phones for a few hours (print out no electricity reminder)
  • Practice getting water out of your hot water heater (watch the video and print out written instructions).
  • Make sure your water heater is properly strapped to the wall to preserve your water source and prevent fires. Water heater strapping instructions.
  • Camp in your yard to simulate the possibility that aftershocks might make you afraid to stay indoors! (P.S. for this drill it's OK to use the bathroom inside the house)
  • Register for valuable prizes. Visit an ARC (Area Reporting Center). Observe the Community Emergency Response Team operation, visit the information booth, staffed by Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts, to learn how to turn off utilities and use a fire extinguisher. At the end of each day, there will be a drawing for emergency preparedness supplies valued at over $100.
  • Most Prepared Pet Contest. Bring your pet to the Seven Springs ARC on Friday or the Garden Gate Elementary School ARC on Saturday, between 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. along with their emergency supplies. Our Animal Care & Shelter team will take your pet's photo and post on the City Facebook page. City staff will choose the "Cutest Prepared Pet". The winner will have his/her photo used on the Cupertino website and on educational materials to promote pet preparedness in 2012.
Activities for Neighborhoods
  • Simulate damage and injuries to help test our Community Emergency Response Team members. Your neighborhood could be a disaster! Get a copy of our "Exercise in a Box" to create a scenario that your neighbors or the local ARC team can work through.
Activities for Businesses
  • Conduct an earthquake drill - as simple as drop, cover and hold on - as elaborate as evacuating the building. We're happy to help with ideas.
Activities for Service Clubs or Churches
  • Provide food service for volunteer responders
  • Provide child care for volunteer responders

Fill out the survey to see how you or your group might help! Or call 408-722-1210

Win Prizes! Are you Ready? Fill out the Preparedness Survey too! Participants will be chosen, at random, on October 20 to receive emergency supplies.

Related Links/Info

Emergency water storage and purification

When/how to turn off the gas - Video
How to use a fire extinguisher - Video

How to turn off water - Video

How to turn off electricity - Video

Home emergency checklist - Document

Make water safe - Flyer

Gas safety after earthquake- Document

Purify water - Document

"No electricity" signs - Document

Hot water heater strapping - Document

How to get water out of the hot water heater - Document

Medical aid - Document

Post earthquake checklist