PEKIN, Ill. – Ford Motor Company has been giving back to its Michigan communities for years now, and now Ford is helping The Salvation Army with disaster relief.
A 2016 Ford Transit 350 cargo van has been designed to help respond to emergency situations in Southeast Michigan. The cargo van will be used by a disaster services volunteer team that responds to requests from local authorities. The volunteer team provides food, drinks, clothing, communication support, blankets, temporary shelter, and cleanup kits to victims of an extreme disaster, as well as the first responders like police and firefighters.
Janet Lawson, the director of the Ford Motor Company fund and the philanthropic arm of Ford, is thrilled to be part of this project saying, “Assisting with disaster relief is an important part of our mission to serve the communities where we live and work. The flexibility of the Ford Transit van makes it a great fit for The Salvation Army’s emergency response fleet.”
The sleek design of the Ford Transit 350 gives it an advantage to maneuver in small places where an emergency might occur. Inside the cargo van, the ceiling is 6ft 9in so most people can stand comfortably. To prepare for any situation there is LED strobe lighting in the roof and grille, along with sirens and external speakers. So everyone on the disaster team can stay connected at all times, there’s also a ham radio antenna and generator. On the inside of the cargo van is a stove, microwave, coffeemaker, freezer, sink, electric hot water heater, and a refrigerator.
Fords help with The Salvation Army will serve up to 250 victims is a disaster. Another Transit is being donated to Kansas City as well. We’re proud to be part of such a great company that’s always willing to help their community. If you need any help with your vehicle needs, come to Velde Ford. We’re happy to take care of you and your vehicle. Take a look at our Spring Car Care section to see what kind of maintenance your vehicle needs this season. Schedule your service appointment with us online.
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