Heart Safe Schools

Implementing Heart Safe Schools

Project ADAM affiliates strive to assist schools and communities in establishing an emergency plan to place into action in the incidence 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, a reference manual 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.

Step 1: Project ADAM Heart Safe School Checklist

As an initial assessment of cardiac emergency preparedness, please download and fill out one checklist per school and return to your Project ADAM Program Coordinator.  If you do not have an affiliate program in your state, use this tool as an assessment and guide to implementing a Heart Safe School.

Step 2: Project ADAM Heart Safe School Manual

Schools can utilize the following detailed manual as a guide to implementing Project ADAM Heart Safe Schools. Click on the link below to download and review the manual.

Step 3: Project ADAM Heart Safe School Toolkit

Schools can learn how to fulfill each criteria of the Heart Safe School Checklist by following the steps outlined in the toolkit.

Step 4: Program Templates & Videos

Schools can utilize the following templates to implement Project ADAM Heart Safe Schools. Click on any of the links below to download word documents that can be customized for your school building. Contact your local affiliate for support.

Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs)
Cardiac Emergency Response Team
Cardiac Emergency Response Plan (CERP)
Cardiac Emergency Response Drills
If you use your AED


Heart Safe School Training Videos

Chapter 1: The Adam in Project ADAM


Chapter 2: Understanding Sudden Cardiac Arrest


Chapter 3: Being Prepared in a Cardiac Emergency


Chapter 4: Implementing Project ADAM in Your School


AED Drill


All staff awareness


Annual Maintenance Cycle to Maintain Heart Safe School Designation

This resource is a valuable tool to understand the ongoing responsibilities

of maintaining Heart Safe School Designation.