Hurricane Victims and Volunteers Meet at, Search Engine for Rental Accommodations Online

Web Site Donates to American Red Cross for Each Property Participating

MIAMI, Sept. 21 /PRNewswire/ —, the online search engine and directory for rental accommodations worldwide, has set up a free service to connect victims of Hurricane Katrina and any other housing crisis with properties on its site that have volunteered to provide temporary housing to displaced persons, couples or families affected by the hurricane at little or no cost. To help with the relief effort and as an incentive to volunteer housing, Rentalo is donating $100 to the American Red Cross for each property that participates in the housing relief program.

Victims and volunteers can meet through the Rentalo web site, which offers a “Katrina Relief” link on its home page to properties in Florida and elsewhere close to the Gulf region that are offering apartment and home rentals to hurricane victims. Those looking for accommodations can log on to’s home page for the Katrina Relief link to the volunteered properties section or just put into their browser for a direct link to the opening page.

After checking the listings, hurricane victims can contact the owners or managers of the properties directly to make arrangements with them. Once a booking is made, Rentalo only requests to be advised through an online contact form.

Rentalo’s worldwide internet directory provides quick access to 120,000 rentals in 15,000 destinations worldwide in rental homes, villas, apartments, condos, hotels/motels, guest houses and B&Bs. It has launched this special listing service to help hurricane evacuees with temporary housing. Property owners and managers not already on the site, who want to volunteer, can log on to do so.

Those who want to search Rentalo’s extensive inventory beyond the volunteered hurricane listings will find accommodations of all types in all price ranges throughout North America and the world. Rentalo also has a destination-based inquiry service for travelers seeking accommodations, a simple process with no cost involved, for users who register on the site. The search engine automatically completes quick searches and produces immediate results for rental accommodations, linking travelers and rental properties.

Rentalo maintains user’s privacy by using “virtual” e-mails when sending out a general query so only when the registered user contacts the properties does their actual e-mail become known. When Rentalo completes its quick search, the inquiring renter receives e-mail responses with the available rentals that meet his or her criteria. The renter then contacts the properties directly by e-mail or phone.

Rentalo also publishes an online newsletter that offers 20% to 80% discounts on published rates on selected rentals at many destinations throughout the U.S. offers the twice-monthly newsletter to those who register on the site.

For the temporary housing offers, log on to’s home page for the Katrina Relief link or go directly to can be contacted toll-free at 1-877-710-5914.

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