disaster preparedness & response

When disaster strikes, we help communities get back on their feet.

ready for anything

team members packing food donations

In times of crisis, we make sure our partners have everything they need. Our work with organizations like the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)link opens in a new window helps communities prepare for tough situations. When a disaster strikes, we’re on the scene quickly providing supplies, volunteers and distribution networks through relief organizations. All year round, we provide relief partners with local donations and annual funding, and we encourage our neighbors across the country to support them too.

a ready team

The more we help our team members prepare in advance of severe weather and other disasters, the easier it is for them to help their communities to quickly recover. We provide team members tips on how to keep themselves and their families safe, conduct preparedness drills throughout the year and provide hotlines to call in case of emergency. Target is also a key supporter of America’s PrepareAthon!, a nationwide, community-based campaign launched by FEMA to increase preparedness and resiliency. As a part of the campaign, we support and engage our team members in community preparedness events throughout the year.

Big City Emergency Managers Forum

Target is the sole retail sponsor of the Big City Emergency Manager’s forum (BCEM), which is held bi-annually to provide directors of emergency management in the 15 largest cities an opportunity to explore and discuss the specific needs and challenges facing their communities. The BCEM group has the ability to influence policy decisions at the national level for emergency management, and Target participates in the forum to understand the challenges facing large cities and identify potential partnership opportunities.


ready to lead: emergency managers unite

Emerging Leaders training session

Emerging leaders from emergency management organizations across the U.S. convened at Target headquarters to kick off a special learning and networking opportunity in partnership with our team members.

our local support

We're committed to the communities we serve, so when disasters occur, we partner with local organizations to help those in need and protect our team members and guests. Some of our recent efforts include:

Nepal earthquake – April 2015
We donated $150,000 to Save the Children to support disaster relief efforts in the earthquake-affected areas in and around Nepal. Our support provides food, water, sanitation, shelter, healthcare resources, protection and additional support for children and families impacted.  

Southern U.S. floods and tornadoes – May 2014
We donated $100,000 to aid relief efforts in impacted Southern states, including a $55,000 cash donation to the American Red Cross, $20,000 in GiftCards to local non-profits and $25,000 to aid impacted schools. In addition, local team members from Arkansas stores volunteered in affected communities, distributing food, water and supplies and helping residents clear debris.

Moore OK tornado – May 2013
Target donated $250,000 to assist with tornado relief efforts in Moore, OK including a $150,000 donation to the American Red Cross, a $30,000 donation to support feeding efforts by the Salvation Army, $20,000 in gift cards to local non-profits for items needed to help the community recover and a $50,000 donation to Moore Public Schools to purchase new books and technology for the two Elementary Schools completely destroyed from the storm.

Midwestern U.S. tornadoes – November 2013
We donated $50,000 to assist with tornado relief efforts in Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan and Missouri, including $45,000 cash to the American Red Cross and $5,000 in GiftCards to local non-profits for items needed to help the community recover.

Typhoon Haiyan – November 2013
We gave $100,000 to Save the Children to support disaster relief efforts in the Philippines. Our donation provided food, water, shelter, healthcare resources, protection and additional support for families impacted by the storm.

keeping watch

team member monitoring weather conditions

Our Corporate Command Center (C3) in Minneapolis helps us keep an eye on potential issues where we do business. Operating round the clock, the C3 uses cutting-edge technology to monitor severe weather and other events around the world that could affect guests and team members, and connects our teams so we can respond quickly to almost any situation.