Airbnb joined the Los Angeles Emergency Management Department and the American Red Cross to train local Airbnb hosts in Los Angeles about how to be prepared in the event of a natural disaster. The all-day workshop also included CPR First Aid Certification and was free of charge for Airbnb hosts. The workshop highlighted practical emergency preparedness guidance that hosts can incorporate to increase their disaster readiness during events such as an earthquake or a fire.

In addition to important safety information and CPR training, Airbnb hosts had the opportunity to learn about the company’s Open Homes Initiative, which provides free, temporary housing to people who have left their home due to conflict, disaster or medical care.

The Open Homes program also helps house relief workers and volunteers. During the California fires in Northern and Southern California last November, over 2,500 hosts Airbnb hosts opened their home to over 2,300 people in need of accommodations.

“As a father of three, I know what it’s like to be concerned about one’s family and their security. Airbnb not only allows me to make valuable income to support my family, it also allows to do something that I’m very passionate about: help others. Through the Open Homes Program, I’ve been able to open my home to six guests and look forward to continuing to help in times of need,” said Airbnb host Marty Morisky.

“Airbnb’s Open Homes Program is a wonderful tool that better helps both Angelenos and visitors be ready in the event of a natural disaster. We’re proud to partner with Airbnb to train Angelenos on emergency preparedness,” said Aram Sahakian, of the Los Angeles Emergency Management Department.

“Thanks to today’s training, more Angelenos are prepared and ready for an emergency. We are proud to partner with Airbnb as they are committed to safety and building community resilience,” said Joselito Garcia Ruiz of the American Red Cross.