In partnership with the San Francisco Department of Emergency Management and San Francisco Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (SF VOAD), Airbnb hosted experts from 30 nonprofits in the Bay Area. The organizations, which included the Red Cross and the Salvation Army, discussed how they can better prepare and coordinate pre-disaster. Additionally, Airbnb discussed ways we can support relief organizations’ work during a disaster and how they can benefit from our disaster response and relief program during disaster response efforts in the Bay Area.
Airbnb is committed to providing our hosts with the best resources and information to ensure they are equipped to react and respond to crises. Since Hurricane Sandy in 2012, Airbnb has been activating hosts to open their homes to survivors displaced and relief organizations deployed. Over the last two years, Airbnb has been developing strong relationships with disaster response experts to best equip our community to prepare for and respond to disasters. The SF VOAD networking event provided attendees the opportunity to discuss what resources their organizations could offer in a disaster situation, and consult with one another on what processes still needed to be put in place.
“Airbnb is a leader in the disaster community because they provide multiple resources to responders and people in need, but you also are a great platform for organizations like the VOAD and local government to spread messaging.” – Megan Stephenson – Community Affairs Specialist at SF Department of Emergency Management
Airbnb’s robust disaster response program has been successful in large part because of strong relationships with our partners in San Francisco, and we are proud to host experts and thought leaders who offer the best thinking about how to provide our community with effective resources in times of need.