Source: The Buddhist Channel
On September 6, 2005 The Buddhist Channel reported, "After 40 hours of driving, the Tzu Chi Mobile Clinic finally arrived in Houston to help the evacuees of Hurricane Katrina. The mobile clinic left from the Buddhist Tzu Chi Free Clinic in the Los Angeles area, early Tuesday morning... One week after Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast, evacuees continue to arrive in Houston, filling up the Astrodome and other evacuation centers. Medical and dental needs are great in this area, so the Tzu Chi Mobile Clinic arrived to give assistance. The mobile clinic is equipped with two dental stations, x-ray and sanitation capabilities... Volunteers who are part of the Tzu Chi International Medical Association (TIMA)... along with Houston's Tzu Chi volunteer doctors and dentists [are] ready to provide dental and medical assistance to evacuees. Tzu Chi's disaster assistance began on Sept. 3 as volunteers set up tables at the Beaumont Ford Park, a shelter in Beaumont, Texas."