What are Heart Safe Communities?

They are communities who have successfully received the Heart Safe Community Designation because the community chose to intentionally evaluate and improve their community’s readiness for cardiac events. It is teaching ordinary citizens in the community to recognize the signs and symptoms of a sudden cardiac event and know how to render care and get help “on the way, right away.”


  • To educate community members in hands-only CPR.
  • To train community members how to use an AED (automated external defibrillator). 
  • To expand local access to AEDs where people live, work, and play.

Latest News!

Coon Rapids Heart Safe Program is Saving Lives 

The Heart Safe Coon Rapids program has trained more than 16,000 community members on CPR and Automated External Defibrillator use. The program is credited with giving Denise Klint the kno-how to save the life of her coworker, Tanitha Johnson, in early February.

Coon Rapids HeartSafe

Ham Lake Heart Safe program is off to a great start for 2017.

Forty residents have been trained as Ham Lake pursues their HeartSafe Community designation.

Ham Lake is committed to becoming a Heart Safe Community. The Ham Lake Area Chamber of Commerce is showing their support with a grant program for Ham Lake businesses who meet the qualifications. Way to go, Ham Lake! Read more...

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