The members of SGI-USA send their deepest condolences to everyone impacted by the massive flooding in Houston and the surrounding Gulf Coast region caused by Hurricane Harvey, especially the displaced and the surviving families of the deceased. The scale of the disaster is difficult to comprehend.
SGI volunteers and staff are working diligently in our Houston center to support the disaster relief effort, in some cases despite having to evacuate from their own homes. Joined by additional volunteers from Dallas, San Antonio, Austin and Killeen, everyone worked hand-in-hand to make an initial delivery of essential goods on August 29. These included potable water, non-perishable food, cleaning and sanitary items. This was accomplished in spite of transportation and travel conditions that were challenging and hazardous.
SGI President Daisaku Ikeda sent a message of condolence and encouragement on August 29, 2017.
SGI-USA will be in close contact with our local organizations throughout the affected areas to track the safety and well-being of every individual and their families, and will be providing support on an ongoing basis.