an example of a Target food kit for Hurricane Sandy victims

how we're helping communities impacted by Hurricane Sandy

Hurricane Sandylink opens in a new window made its way across the East Coast, and has left a path of destruction. As always, the safety and well-being of our team members, guests and communities are top concerns. We recently announced that we've donated $500,000 in monetary support and products to assist with relief efforts. The donation includes $425,000 in cash and in-kind donations to the American Red Crosslink opens in a new window, $50,000 in cash donation to the Salvation Army and $25,000 in gift cards to local Target stores to help with community needs.

“When disaster strikes, Target listens and acts quickly to donate time, money and essentials to help support the needs of our communities,” said Gregg Steinhafel, Chairman, President and CEO, Target. “Our thoughts are with the all of the residents impacted by Hurricane Sandy and we hope our donation will aid in the East Coast’s recovery.”

Before and during the storm, the Corporate Command Center—Target's Minneapolis-based crisis management and security operations center—worked closely with teams across the company to support our stores and other facilities. Our teams also worked with community partners, including the American Red Cross, to help prepare communities before the hurricane hit. We took the necessary steps to provide the specific resources and essentials needed, and kept stores open as long as a safe shopping environment could be provided. Additionally, our local stores have been donating and will continue to donate to communities as needs arise.

Store closures and reopenings:

Target has reopened all impacted stores, but a few in the most severely impacted areas are operating with reduced schedules due to municipal regulations. Please call your store to check the hours. We're also monitoring road conditions, and working with our distribution centers and vendors to ensure product can ship to our stores. Our goal is to replenish stores as quickly as possible to ensure our guests have access to essential items.

Team members:

If you're a Target team member and have been impacted by the storm, please call your store or the crisis hotline at 1-800-888-0333 to let us know that you're safe or if you need help.

Communicating with family & friends:

The Red Cross can help you stay in touch with loved ones by registering on the secure Red Cross Safe and Well websitelink opens in a new window, or by downloading their Hurricane Applink opens in a new window and using the “I’m Safe” button to post a message to their social media accounts. The app also provides important safety information and a toolkit with a flashlight, strobe light and alarm. (The site also connects with users’ Twitter and Facebook accounts.) 


If you need the location of a shelter, you should go to Red Cross website and check the shelter maplink opens in a new window, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or listen to your local radio. You can also download the new Red Cross Hurricane Applink opens in a new window for smartphones.

You can also search for open shelters by texting: SHELTER and a zip code to 43362 (4FEMA). Ex: Shelter 01234 (standard rates apply).

The Red Cross encourages those who plan to stay in a Red Cross evacuation shelter to bring the following items for each member of their family:  

  • Prescription and emergency medication
  • Extra clothing
  • Pillows and blankets
  • Hygiene supplies
  • Important documents
  • Other comfort items

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