In March of this year we announced new initiatives with the goal of helping civic leaders and our community create more shareable, livable cities through relevant, concrete actions and partnerships.
We are thrilled to share that we will be working with the State of Victoria, Australia to help make this community stronger and more resilient. As a first step in our work together, Airbnb will partner with Emergency Management Victoria (EMV) to prepare our community of hosts in Victoria to provide free accommodation in the event of a significant emergency.
Airbnb will also work with Emergency Management Victoria before, during, and after disasters to help more residents during an emergency. Specifically, Airbnb and Emergency Management Victoria will work together to:
- Identify Airbnb hosts who will commit to opening their doors to displaced persons and emergency services workers and volunteers when an emergency occurs and accommodation options are required or limited.
- Provide emergency preparedness educational materials and facilitate access to community education programs for Airbnb hosts to ensure that they are well prepared within their communities.
- Use Airbnb technology to notify hosts and guests about significant emergencies and that the Airbnb Disaster Response Service is available.
Building upon our work in other cities, this new partnership will help our community collaborate with regional disaster relief organizations in advance of an event, reach a broader audience and help more people during an emergency.
We are also working with the Victorian Government to explore opportunities to support Victorian entrepreneurial communities, so that more residents of Victoria can benefit from the sharing economy.
For more details, check out the press release here.