Hurricane Matthew has been upgraded to a Category 4 hurricane and wreaking serious havoc聽along the Florida, Georgia and North Carolina coastlines. Millions have lost power, death tolls are rising and people everywhere have been displaced from their homes. In other words, it鈥檚 really, really bad.聽The聽Coast Guard, Red Cross, etc. are all working on disaster relief, and Airbnb is also coming through in this time of crisis.


Much like the home-sharing site has done in previous occurrences of need, Airbnb聽has activated over 3,000 emergency listings in the South Carolina and Florida areas to help displaced residents for free.聽According to聽The Weather Channel, over 174,000 people have already been evacuated from South Carolina聽due to the tropical storm, and both voluntary and mandatory evacuations have begun several counties in Florida.

If you or any family or friends are in the area, we encourage you to seek out shelter, whether it is through Airbnb or elsewhere.聽If you need accommodations or are willing to open your home to people needing a place to stay, you can go to the disaster response page of Airbnb鈥檚 website here.

Stay safe out there!

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(h/t Mashable, photos via Airbnb)