Air BNB Offers Free Shelter For Hurricane Matthew Evacuees
AirBNB will be helping evacuees from Florida and South Carolina find shelter as category five Hurricane Matthew ushers through both states. According to their website, the company has launched their Disaster Response Tool that will help people find a place to stay when there are mandatory evacuations.
To find shelter, evacuees reach out to hosts who are willing to open their homes to them, free of charge. Hosts must live outside the parameters of Hurricane Matthew’s path and allow people to stay for several days.
According to AirBNB’s website:
Airbnb hosts can respond to crises in their community by offering housing to displaced neighbors and relief workers deployed to help.
During an emergency, Airbnb may email local hosts with information about how to help and how to offer their extra space to affected community members. These hosts are still covered by the Host Guarantee, and Airbnb’s fees are waived.
Travel Pulse also reports Visit Florida and Expedia have released a list of hotels willing to host evacuees. This is the second time AirBNB has used its Disaster Response Tool. It was first used when Hurricane Sandy hit the New York City tri-state region in 2012.
For more information about AirBNB’s Disaster Response Tool, visit their website.