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ford transit van seattle washingtonSeptember is National Disaster Preparedness Month, and Ford Motor Company seeks to show the national that we can do better in regard to emergency response.

The Ford Disaster Relief Mobility Challenge will issue three grants topping out at $70,000 each to nonprofit companies in the United States that purchase a Ford Transit van and modify it for disaster relief.

Entrants are to show and explain how the Ford Transit van can aid response needs. The model line offers many amenities that show versatility, such as variable body lengths, engine options, and multiple available roof heights.

“We’re asking for help from the experts on the ground on how to best utilize Ford vehicles following an earthquake, hurricane or other devastating natural event,” says Jim Vella, president of Ford Motor Company Fund, according to the Ford Motor Company Media Center. “Ford’s strength as a mobility company, combined with the know-how of dedicated disaster responders, can take our efforts to a higher level and help more people.”

Applications are due October 31, 2016 and applicants must prove certification as a U.S. 501(c)3 nonprofit organization and show not only the versatility of the Ford Transit vehicle, but quantify the proposed use of the vehicle for disaster relief and justify the community need. Ford Motor Company will select and notify the successful winners in November 2016.