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Heart Safe Schools

Implementing a Heart Safe School Program

Striving to Assist Schools

Project ADAM affiliates assist schools and communities in establishing an emergency plan to place into action in the event of a Sudden Cardiac Arrest. It’s not enough simply to have AEDs in the building. Lives are saved when schools are prepared not only with a documented plan, but also with a cardiac response team, in addition to being well trained and practiced on how to respond in the event of a cardiac emergency.

Project ADAM affiliates provide the foundation for schools to plan and develop their program, including planning templates and one-on-one consultation on how to help prevent sudden cardiac death in the school setting.

Project ADAM Heart Safe School designation is attained by schools upon successful implementation of a quality sudden cardiac arrest program of awareness, training and effective emergency response to promote a Heart Safe environment for students, visitors and staff as outlined within the Heart Safe School Checklist.



Steps to Become

Heart Safe

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  Step 1: Project ADAM Heart Safe School Checklist

This is your roadmap to becoming a Project ADAM Heart Safe School. 

  Step 2: Project ADAM Heart Safe School Toolkit

Follow this toolkit to fulfill each criteria of the Heart Safe School Checklist.

  Step 3: Program Templates & Videos

Click the links below to access documents that can be customized for your building. Templates are organized by main categories of the Heart Safe School checklist. Contact your local affiliate for support.

Templates and Resources to become Heart Safe


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  Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs)
  Cardiac Emergency Response Team
  Cardiac Emergency Response Plan (CERP)
  • CERP Poster
  • CERP: Project ADAM recommends using this to support the creation of a district policy and procedure for preparing and responding to cardiac emergencies. This document provides detailed considerations and best practices when planning to implement a Heart Safe School program. This is supported by the American Heart Association and a national task force of experts in preparing for sudden cardiac arrest.
  • Abbreviated CERP: Project ADAM recommends using this as a one to two page quick reference document to instruct your response team on the plan and their role. This is your onsite action plan for what happens immediately upon a sudden collapse.
  Sharing your School CERP with additional groups

When outside community organizations, recreational athletic leagues, after school activity groups, etc. use your campus, it is important for them to know the location of your AEDs and your cardiac emergency plan. Use the below information and sample letters to draft your document to ensure it includes the main components that are necessary to be communicated.

  Training & Education
  Cardiac Emergency Response Drills
  If you use your AED

Heart Safe School Training Videos

Visit our You Tube channel for Heart Safe School training videos you can use as part of your program.

Check out our AED drill video to help plan one at your school.

Our friends at Save Station created AED unit training videos so you can learn more about your specific unit.