In the wake of recent flooding in Louisiana, Airbnb has reactivated its Disaster Response tool, which aims to provide victims with a safe place in times of need. The service connects local Airbnb hosts to those in affected areas who need shelter, allowing hosts to open their homes at no cost, and further proving the power of the sharing economy.
Airbnb created the tool after being inspired by compassionate hosts who offered their rooms to those affected by Hurricane Sandy in 2012. The company has since collaborated with disaster relief organizations and governments to ensure that the service reaches a broader audience of people in need. Since its launch, Disaster Response has been deployed during 47 global emergencies, and over 3,000 properties have been listed by hosts who want to help.