Krista Thompson, a local Medford resident, has been offering up her home for one year.
“I did get one inquiry from the Paradise Fire of a woman who was displaced,” Thompson said.
Just one person, after multiple devastating wildfires. Thompson said, part of the problem is a lot of people don’t have access to the internet after a natural disaster.
Airbnb is working to change that by partnering with non-profits to assist people in finding homes when they don’t have access to internet.
The program is now open to more than just victims of natural disasters, volunteers and first-responders can also have a free place to stay.
“In a disaster we have first-responders and open homes is also open to those individuals and volunteers that might be coming forward to help out,” Thompson said.
For Thompson, opening up her home during a natural disaster is the easiest way for her to help.
“If I was a psychologist I would be offering help that way, but I am not, what I do have is a home,” Thompson said.
If you would like to join the program or need a place to stay, go to Airbnb’s website.
Homeowners can work within their parameters and scheduling when housing natural disaster victims.
NBC5 News at Sunrise co-anchor Allison Ross graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a degree in broadcast journalism.
Before coming to NBC5 News, she was a reporter and anchor at KOMU in Columbia, MO and interned at FOX 25 News in Boston. Allison also spent six months reporting in Europe where she covered the European Commission.
When she’s not in the newsroom, Allison loves adventures. She enjoys traveling and is excited to explore the West Coast. Allison’s motto: “Try everything once!”