Editor’s Note

By Anik Ghose

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Welcome to the Summer 2024 Issue of the Tzu Chi USA Journal. Our last two issues focused on Tzu Chi USA’s medical mission in celebration of its 30th anniversary in 2023. Issue 73 brings us a different centralized theme: preparedness.

“Preparedness by Design: Tzu Chi’s Evolving Disaster Relief Materials and Methods” begins with Taiwan’s swift and efficient disaster relief response to the 7.4-magnitude earthquake that struck the nation on April 3, 2024. Tzu Chi participated in the aid effort, and our signature partition cubicles and furniture in emergency shelters appeared in international news coverage and caught the world’s attention. Not only has Taiwan learned from previous earthquakes and strengthened its disaster preparedness, but Tzu Chi is also continually improving its disaster relief response, as this article reveals.

“Stronger Together: How A Collaborative Expo Gave Safety Center Stage” introduces the importance of boosting public disaster readiness. In collaboration with other organizations, Tzu Chi USA is doing just that. The article takes us to the Family Safety Expo held on April 21, 2024, in San Jose, California, where attendees could gain awareness of safety practices against emergencies of various kinds. 

“Helping Texans After the Largest Wildfire in State History” then chronicles how Tzu Chi USA’s Central Region responded to the Smokehouse Creek Fire that ignited on February 26, 2024, in the Texas Panhandle. The mission exhibited a preparedness built over almost 18 years of Tzu Chi’s participation in the state’s emergency response mechanism.

To complete Issue 73, as a supplement to our celebration of the 30th anniversary of Tzu Chi USA’s medical mission, we offer four portraits of medical professional volunteers who exemplify the compassionate dedication at the heart of all the Buddhist Tzu Chi Medical Foundation’s activities.

As always, we hope you enjoy and are inspired by reading the Tzu Chi USA Journal.

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