Airbnb Activates Disaster Relief Tool To Assist N.C. Wildfire Evacuees In Need Of Shelter

CHARLOTTE, N.C — Airbnb is helping fire evacuees find free shelter in Asheville and Henderson County from now until December 16th.

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As a result of the wildfires in the mountains of western North Carolina, many people have been displaced.  Airbnb has activated its emergency response tool, which connects local residents in need of shelter with Airbnb hosts willing to accommodate guests free of charge.

If you need lodging or would like to host evacuees click  here.

Airbnb spokesman Nick Shapiro offered these words regarding the activation of the tool and the wildfires:

“Our thoughts are with those affected by these wildfires, and we thank the firefighters and emergency personnel who are working around the clock to contain the blaze. We are hopeful that the Airbnb community will come together to help ease the strain on emergency housing and ensure that their neighbors have a safe place to stay during this difficult time.”

The Disaster Relief Tool was developed  in 2012 in response to Hurricane Sandy. Last month the the tool was activated following Hurricane Matthew.