Safety is the top priority of our community. It’s why we’ve created programs like our $1 Million Host Guarantee, our Host Protection Insurance, and Verified ID. And we work hard to provide our hosts with tools and education they need to feel confident and prepared when sharing their home with visitors.

We are constantly working to grow these efforts by collaborating with incredible partners. And one of the most recent partners is the Red Cross. In recent months, we’ve worked with the Red Cross teams in Portland, OR, New York, and San Francisco to provide free emergency preparedness trainings for our hosts. Through Red Cross Preparedness trainings, our hosts learn how they can be prepared in case of an emergency or disaster, including how to develop a disaster plan for their family, how to build a preparedness or emergency supply kit, and specifics about potential hazards that could impact the regions in which they live.

“Through the Be Red Cross Ready program, the American Red Cross is better preparing individuals for disasters big and small,” said Mark Cloutier, American Red Cross Regional CEO for the Northern California Coastal Region. “We are fortunate to have strong supporters like Airbnb to help us further our reach into communities.”

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Participating hosts walked away with basic emergency kits—the cost covered by Airbnb—and, more importantly, knowledge that benefits them, their families, their neighbors, and potentially future guests.

“At the American Red Cross, we know all too well the impact that disasters have on our communities every day,” said Josh Lockwood, Regional CEO, American Red Cross Greater NY Region. “That’s why it’s critical to ensure that families are prepared for the unexpected. Thank you to Airbnb for your partnership and thank you for your commitment to making emergency preparedness a priority.”

The trainings were held throughout March, with dozens of hosts from each city participating. The training focuses on three topics: 1) How to prepare an emergency kit; 2) Creating a plan in the event an emergency or disaster; 3) Being informed about potential hazards as well as important sources of information and local resources in their region.

“We’re excited to kick off our partnership with Airbnb in Portland by offering an enhanced preparedness training for local hosts,” said Amy Shlossman, American Red Cross CEO for the Cascades Region, which supports Oregon and Southwest Washington. “Red Cross preparedness training offers a great opportunity for hosts to prepare themselves, their homes, and their communities for disasters.”

Based on the positive feedback we’ve received from our community, we’re hoping to expand this program to other cities around the U.S. and build a similar program internationally.

We are constantly looking for new ways to support our hosts with tools that help make them among the most prepared individuals on their block. And, as our community grows, we are always looking for ideas on how to expand these programs. If you ever have any suggestions, comments, or questions, please don’t hesitate to share them—as many of our greatest ideas come from you.