This week, Airbnb’s co-founder and Chief Product Officer, Joe Gebbia, attended the Clinton Global Initiative’s Annual Meeting for the second year running in New York. The theme of this year’s meeting was “Future of Impact,” and Airbnb is proud to expand its ongoing work in global disaster response and preparedness by partnering with Airlink and Start Network in their lifesaving work around the world.
Airbnb will support the operations of both Airlink and Start Network with financial resources and by providing housing accommodations to relief workers who are deployed in emergency response situations. We are thrilled to be able to provide fast and meaningful assistance in emergency situations through free, welcoming and warm housing to relief workers who are far away from home.
This work builds upon our ongoing efforts in the disaster relief space, including partnering with nonprofits and other groups in Dominica, Greece, Nepal and the United States to provide accommodations to people in need and the relief workers supporting the response.
In August, in commemoration of the ten year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, Airbnb joined members of the Clinton Global Initiative community in New Orleans to participate in workshops focused on building a resilient infrastructure and encouraging future progress in the region. Working with HandsOn New Orleans and All Hands, Airbnb provided housing for volunteer alums who served on the ground ten years prior and returned to New Orleans and Mississippi to participate in the City’s Day of Service and commemoration activities. These type of ongoing conversations and connections help us to better understand how our platform and host community can step-in and provide support.
As part of our commitment to provide relief to those struck by disaster, we’ve recently begun working with leading organizations in disaster relief. We’ve partnered with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), in the U.S., to educate Airbnb hosts on how to prepare for and respond to emergencies as well as the Red Cross to hold safety and preparedness trainings in cities like Portland, New York and San Francisco and are working to expand these trainings and partnerships globally. In recent weeks we have hosted convenings with groups like the International Association of Emergency Managers and Ready Asia to discuss ways that we can facilitate innovative solutions and deepen our work together in this space.
At Airbnb we are committed to strengthening and supporting the cities and neighborhoods in which we operate. Every day, Airbnb hosts around the world open their doors and their hearts to visitors. We are continually engaging with governments and NGOs to understand how our community can best help in emergency situations.