You can now get free and simple lifesaving information on your smart phone, thanks to the official American Red Cross first aid app launched last week.

The new app, available for iPhone and Android users, is the first in a series to be created by the American Red Cross. It features instant access to information on how to handle the most common first aid situations, along with trusted Red Cross disaster preparedness information for a range of conditions including severe winter weather and tornadoes. You'll get prioritized steps to take during an emergency, and a handy 9-1-1 call button.

The app is free and available now in the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store for Android by searching for American Red Cross.

Keep in mind, this app should not be considered a substitute for training. To learn more about American Red Cross first aid or register for a course, visit