Crews from Community EMS to offer food, warm clothes in Metro Detroit area

Trained workers with Community EMS to be on board rehab units

SOUTHFIELD, Mich. – People left out in the cold over the next few days will get some help keeping warm.

For the first time ever, two rehab units from Community EMS will hit the streets offering food and warm clothes.

The meals are ready to eat and are also used by the military. It takes five minutes to heat and you get a nutritious meal to eat.

Crews were getting ready for a busy 48 hours as temperatures plummeted. Starting Monday morning, a rehab unit will be out looking for people in distress.

"If we can save one person from a night of cold, or give them something to eat or drink and sustain life, then I want to be there to do that," said Janine, a volunteer.

Hot drinks, blankets and up to seven trained EMS workers will be on board checking for signs of frostbite and hypothermia.

"The shelters are places of refuge for everybody and excellent resources, but with this unit being mobile, we can get to where people are that have these critical needs," said Kevin, director.

The rehab unit is just over a year old. During Hurricane Sandy, the not-for-profit sent buses to New Jersey.

With a severe weather event forecast for Michigan, they're being used in the Detroit area.

"When we go out, there's going to be people that have no where to go and we want to get them where they will be safe," said Janine.

The rehab units need your help. If you see someone in need, call Community EMS at 248-356-3900. The program also runs entirely on donations.

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Priya joined WDIV-Local 4 in 2013 as a reporter and fill-in anchor. Education: B.A. in Communications/Post Grad in Advanced Journalism