Preparing Your Home

Home Entrance and Visibility

Make your home quick to find!

Here are our key pieces of advice:

  • Post the address clearly and prominently at the end of the driveway AND on the home.
  • Use a reflective or illuminated material so the address can be seen in the evening as well as during the day. Use numbers that contrast with the background.
  • Use large numbers and make sure they can be seen from all directions.
  • Clear obstructions like shrubs, trees, or decorations such as flags.
  • Mail markings are not enough.

Check with your local fire department to see if they offer reflective signs or have recommendations.

You can also find reflective address signs at home improvement stores, such as Lowe’s and Home Depot.

Post-Emergency Tips

Caring for a loved one or a guest who has suffered a medical emergency in your home is a traumatic experience that can cause tremendous stress. Here are some tips that can help you or a loved one cope:

  • Seek professional help if feelings of stress, anxiety or grief persist for several days or interfere with your everyday activities and relationships.
  • Listen to family, friends, and neighbors to help them cope with their stress or grief to help make your community stronger.

Know the Good Samaritan Laws in Your State

Anyone can respond to cardiac arrest!

If you see someone unconscious and you think they need CPR, you should immediately start giving CPR chest compressions. Good Samaritan laws protect you, so do not be afraid to act. If someone is not actually in cardiac arrest, they will physically respond and you can stop CPR.

Survivor Support

The Cardiac Arrest Survivor Alliance (CASA) is an outgrowth of the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Network.

CASA fosters an online community for patients, families, friends, caregivers, rescuers, and advocates. Peer support, information resources, and access to experts will help community members recover, re-engage, and thrive.

CASA Cardiac Arrest Survivor Alliance