Airbnb offering evacuees free place to stay
With Dorian nearing the coast, Airbnb is encouraging hosts throughout the southeast to offer their places as a place of refuge for those evacuating. It's called their Open Homes Program. And with the addition of Tennessee to the list, they have added more than 1,100 additional hosts.
In order to find a place to stay, evacuees can download the app, and message hosts to establish a relationship prior to staying and prove you are from an area affected by the hurricane.
If you're a host and you would like to help, all you have to do is click "sign up your home," which make your place available immediately. The program isn't only for evacuees, relief workers, first responders, and volunteers can also apply for a place to stay.
This isn't the first time Airbnb has offered disaster relief in recent years. They offered the same hospitality to those impacted by Hurricane Florence a year ago.
If one thing is for certain, people in the Tennessee Valley always have a big part in helping those affected by a natural disaster.