The California Athletic Trainers Association sponsored AB 2009, which mandates automated external defibrillators (AEDs) and Emergency Action Plans in California schools with interscholastic athletic programs.
Commencing July 1, 2019, AB 2009 requires all secondary and charter schools who elect to offer any interscholastic athletic program, to:
- ensure that there is a written emergency action plan (EAP) in place, and posted as specified, that describes the location and procedures to be followed in the event of sudden cardiac arrest or other medical emergencies related to the athletic program’s activities or events,
- acquire, commencing July 1, 2019, at least one Automated External Defibrillator (AED) for each school within the school district or the charter school to be available on-campus,
- encourage that the AED or AEDs are available within 3-5 minutes of a sudden cardiac arrest for the purpose of rendering emergency care or treatment, as specified,
- ensure that the AED or AEDs are available to athletic trainers and coaches and authorized persons at the athletic program’s on-campus activities or events, and
- ensure that the AED or AEDs are maintained and regularly tested, as specified.
Need help funding an AED? Various organizations accept grant applications to support schools, and others help schools raise money.
California Wellness Foundation
Dick’s Sporting Goods
Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation
Union Pacific Foundation
Also try civic groups such as your local Rotary, Lions, Kiwanis, Moose Lodges, Masonic and Optimist clubs.