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Tallahassee Airbnb hosts offering free rooms for Hurricane Dorian evacuees

Posted at 6:22 PM, Sep 02, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-02 18:22:20-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Right now Airbnb hosts in Tallahassee are stepping up to help people forced out of their homes by Dorian.

It's part of an effort by the company to help families caught in natural disasters.

Three years ago today, parts of Southeast Tallahassee were hit by Hurricane Hermine. That's why couples in the area say opening their doors for free for hurricane victims was an easy decision.

A lot has changed since 2016. Now the Dew Drop Inn is a calm, shady spot in the woods.

"Hermine, who came right over our house and it was terrifying. We were in our house, it was terrifying. Trees crashing down because we live in the woods. Less woods now," said Claudia.

That was not the case when Hurricane Hermine rolled in. Going through that experience is the reason why this couple is now opening its doors to evacuees dodging Hurricane Dorian.

"We've learned that when a hurricane comes, get out of the way," said John.

A couple of miles down the road, the Corradi's are doing the same.

Lee and Georgia Phillips made the trip to Tallahassee from West Palm.

"We heard about how the weather had affected the Bahamas and we decided we would be safer if we evacuated as soon as possible," said Lee. "Rather than wait for a mandatory evacuation and possibly not be able to get out with the roads busy."

The Corradi's home has become a safe place for families since Hurricane Michael hit last October.

"We just let them do whatever. You know, our house is their house," said the Corradi's.

Those families open their doors as part of Air BnB's Open Homes Program. So far the the program has helped around 30,000.