Hurricane Harvey

Hurricane Harvey Evacuees Have Many Options

For those who don’t have friends or relatives to stay with, there are several possibilities.

Every major Texas city north of the coast has opened shelters for storm evacuees.

But it's not just municipalities.

Airbnb is waiving service fees for hosts who offer free rooms.

"If you are in Houston and you are evacuating, which I surely hope you do, you can go to Austin, San Antonio or Dallas," the home-sharing company's Nick Shapiro said. "And there is going to be an absolutely free, zero dollars, Airbnb there waiting for you."

He said since Airbnb initiated this program after Hurricane Sandy in 2012, it's been activated more than 70 times worldwide.

For those who would rather rough it, Gov. Greg Abbott has announced that staying at Texas state parks will be free of charge for people fleeing the Gulf Coast.

And across the state's eastern border, several Louisiana state parks are offering a 50 percent discount for evacuees from Texas.

"We obviously want everybody to be safe while they're traveling and not have to travel too far," Sharon Broussard with the Louisiana Office of State Parks said.

"So we figured we're close enough and being able to provide facilities for them to stay at."

Several for-profit Texas campgrounds are also offering discounted rates for evacuees.

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Florian Martin

Florian Martin

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Florian Martin is currently the News 88.7 business reporter. Florian’s stories can frequently be heard on other public radio stations throughout Texas and on NPR nationwide. Some of them have earned him awards from Texas AP Broadcasters, the Houston Press Club, National Association of Real Estate Editors, and Public Radio...

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