New Airbnb service for emergency situations that could save many lives

The famous home rental platform enables owners to help families who have lost their homes due to natural disasters and help them until they find new accommodation. The program will be launched this spring in San Jose, California where members of the community can declare their properties as available in emergencies.

According to the company, this can make the interventions of rescuers and local authorities faster and more efficient. The Open Homes program will also include special training seminars for owners and the creation of specific communication protocols if and when required.

This idea for providing free space for those in need after major natural disasters has been created since 2012 and Hurricane Sandy who hit New York. As Airbnb has announced, its immediate plans are to extend this capability to other US cities.