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    Hurricane Michael: How to help and find help if you need it

    Our Open Homes program connects hosts with temporary housing to those in need.
    By Airbnb on Oct 9, 2018
    1 min read
    Updated Oct 5, 2021

    Hurricane Michael is predicted to hit the southeastern U.S. coast, including the Florida panhandle and parts of Alabama and Georgia, on Wednesday, October 10. Many residents are evacuating to safer areas and could be displaced for some time, if the storm is as severe as predicted.

    There’s an immediate need for temporary housing—both for displaced residents and for relief workers who will be arriving to help with response and recovery efforts. Airbnb is working to connect hosts interested in sharing their space with those in need. If you want to help, Airbnb wants to help you do it.

    Do you have available housing in the area? You can sign up online to share your space for free with those affected by Hurricane Michael. Airbnb waives all booking fees, and all disaster relief guests and hosts have access to Airbnb's 24/7 customer support. All bookings are on a request-to-book basis.

    Do you need free housing? You can sign up online, and Airbnb will help connect you to one of the many generous hosts who are sharing their homes with their community.

    Hurricane Michael is the most recent example of Airbnb hosts stepping in to help their community in times of need. Through Airbnb’s Open Homes program, hosts have provided free housing for more than 15,000 people. You can learn more here.

    Information contained in this article may have changed since publication.

    Oct 9, 2018
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