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Airbnb asking hosts to help hurricane evacuees find safe places to stay

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Millions of people were ordered to evacuate along the coast in Florida, Georgia and South Carolina because of Hurricane Matthew.

Rental company Airbnb says it has activated its disaster response program, which helps its hosts open their doors to those seeking emergency accommodations.

Hosts in safe areas who would normally rent out their homes are being asked to consider listing their rooms or houses for free to help the evacuees.

"This is the first major hurricane threat this area has seen in years, and we are hopeful that Airbnb can help play a small part in making the evacuation process easier for residents and their families. Our thoughts continue to be with everyone impacted by the storm, and we thank the dedicated government and emergency response personnel who are keeping our communities safe," said Airbnb spokesman Nick Shapiro.

This is not a new concept for the company, which first started doing this in 2012 in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. Since then, hosts have helped displaced people after emergencies all over the world.

The free bookings will be available in South Carolina until Oct. 11, in Florida until Oct. 12 and in Georgia until Oct. 13.

Click here to see the full list of available bookings during the hurricane.

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