Disaster Preparedness & Response

At Target, we’re committed to our communities before and after disaster strikes.

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Ready for anything

In times of crisis or humanitarian need, we make sure our partners have what they need to help communities. When disaster strikes, or a community has an urgent need, Target is ready to help. We’re on the scene quickly providing supplies, volunteers and distribution networks through relief organizations. Our global supply chain can move quickly to support our stores and guests. And all year round, we provide relief partners organizations with local donations and annual funding, and encourage our neighbors across the country to support them too.

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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. 

Keeping watch

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

Our local support

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

Marshall Fire — January 2022

On Dec. 30, 2021, the largest wildfire in Colorado’s history destroyed nearly 1,000 homes and businesses, and damaged a Target store in Superior, Colorado. Target committed $100,000 to the Community Foundation of Boulder County's Wildfire Fund to support the community. We also made our Team Member Giving Fund available to team members who experienced financial hardships as a result of the fire, and we offered every team member temporary placement in nearby stores while the Superior store is repaired.

South and Midwest Tornados — December 2021

Target donated $1 million to relief organizations, including the American Red Cross, Team Rubicon, Feeding America, Convoy of Hope and various local disaster relief organizations. Our donation provided immediate aid to impacted families, and helped support longer term rebuilding efforts. Stores in the region also used Target GiftCards to help local first responders and nonprofit organizations purchase needed supplies.

Hurricane Ida — September 2021 

Target donated $2.5 million — our largest storm-related donation to date — to local and national response partners, including American Red Cross, Team Rubicon and Feeding America, and to our Team Member Giving Fund, which directly supports team members who have been affected by disasters. Our donation is helping provide food, water, essentials, cleanup kits and COVID-19 vaccines to impacted communities, and supporting debris removal and rebuilding efforts stretching from Louisiana to New York. Our store teams also used Target GiftCards to support local first responders and nonprofit organizations in purchasing much-needed supplies.  

Haiti earthquake — September 2021 

Target donated $250,000 to local and international organizations, including UNICEF, to provide emergency aid following a deadly earthquake in the Tiburon Peninsula in August. Our donation is helping partners provide food, water, essentials, shelter and debris removal, and continue administering COVID-19 vaccines across the country.

Afghan refugee resettlement — September 2021

Target committed $1 million to nonprofit partners, including American Red Cross and Team Rubicon, supporting operations on military bases across the country that are working with Afghan refugees as they resettle in the United States. Local stores in the neighborhoods near the bases provided food, water and other much-needed supplies. 

India coronavirus relief — April 2021

Target committed more than $500,000 to UNICEF USA and local nonprofits to help communities across India navigate a new wave of COVID-19 cases. Our support is helping partners increase access to life-saving oxygen treatments in hospitals across the country and bringing faster, more accurate rapid testing resources to the hardest-hit communities.

Winter storm Uri — February 2021

Target donated $750,000 to immediate response, relief and recovery efforts. These funds supported numerous national and local partners including American Red Cross, Feeding Texas, Coalition for the Homeless, Team Rubicon, Convoy of Hope and Footprint Project. Donations were also made to our Team Member Giving Fund to support hundreds of Target team members impacted by the storm. Our store teams also used Target GiftCards to help local first responders and non-profit organizations purchase needed supplies.

Typhoon Molave — October 2020

Target donated $50,000 to UNICEF’s relief efforts in Vietnam following the storm and later flooding and landslides.

Hurricane Delta — October 2020

Target donated $250,000 to support communities activating in response to Hurricane Delta’s impact in the Gulf Coast, with recipients including the Team Member Giving Fund, American Red Cross, Team Rubicon, Community Foundation of Southwest Louisiana and local food banks, such as Second Harvest Greater New Orleans and Acadiana, the Food Bank of Central Louisiana and Food Bank of Northeast Louisiana. Our store teams also used Target GiftCards to help local first responders and nonprofit organizations purchase much needed supplies.

Hurricane Sally — September 2020

Target donated $200,000 for important national and community relief efforts including our Team Member Giving Fund, American Red Cross, Team Rubicon, United Way of West Florida, United Way of Baldwin County and Feeding the Gulf Coast. Our store teams used Target GiftCards to help local first responders and nonprofit organizations purchase needed supplies.

West Coast wildfires — August 2020

Target donated $1 million to important national and community relief efforts after the Western United States experienced a series of record-breaking wildfires across California, Oregon and Washington. Funds supported efforts by Team Member Giving Fund, American Red Cross, Team Rubicon, Feeding America, United Way Worldwide, The Oregon Community Fund and California Fire Foundation. Our store teams also used Target GiftCards to help local first responders and nonprofit organizations purchase needed supplies. 

Hurricane Laura — August 2020

Target donated $750,000 for important national and community relief efforts including our Team Member Emergency Assistance Fund, American Red Cross, Team Rubicon, Community Foundation of Southwest Louisiana and five local food banks: Southeast Texas Food Bank in Beaumont, Second Harvest Greater New Orleans and Acadiana (Lafayette Branch), Food Bank of Central Louisiana (Alexandria), Food Bank of Northwest Louisiana (Shreveport), and Food Bank of Northeast Louisiana (Monroe). Our store teams used Target GiftCards to help local first responders and nonprofit organizations purchase needed supplies.

Coronavirus relief — March 2020 (ongoing)

Target and the Target Foundation committed $10 million to expand relief and assistance to our team members, as well as local, national and global organizations responding to the pandemic. View the grant recipients 

Target has also invested more than $1 billion in the health and safety of our team members and communities since the start of COVID-19 pandemic, including a $5 million commitment to vaccine equity. 

California wildfires — November 2019

Target donated $150,000 to nonprofits helping communities across California recover from devastating wildfires, including California Community Foundation, California Fire Foundation and Redwood Empire Food Bank. In addition, Target provided $25,000 in Target GiftCards to local stores to assist community partners and donated much needed supplies to Convoy of Hope.

Hurricane Michael — October 2018

Target donated $1 million to help our team and communities in the Southeastern United States recover from damage caused by Hurricane Michael. We provided support to several organizations, including: Team Rubicon and American Red Cross for cleanup and recovery efforts; GlobalGiving in support of local non-profit responders; Habitat for Humanity for rebuilding homes; and our Team Member Giving Fund, which directly supports team members who have been affected by disasters. Before the storm hit, we provided thousands of dollars in Target GiftCards to our stores in Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas to help communities prepare.

Hurricane Harvey — August 2017

After the storm hit, Target donated $500,000 to local and national disaster relief organizations, including $250,000 to American Red Cross; $100,000 to The Salvation Army; $100,000 to Team Rubicon; and $50,000 in local store Target GiftCard support to local nonprofits to supply multiple shelter operations with baby supplies, water, batteries, personal care products, blankets and more. On August 31, we donated five trailers of food from our food distribution center in Denton, Texas, to Feeding America and The Salvation Army to support the Houston and Dallas Food Banks. On September 1, we announced an additional $3 million donation to help impacted team members and continue to aid in community relief efforts.

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“Target’s continued investment in Team Rubicon, both domestically and internationally, is a shining example of their commitment to our mission, no matter where it takes us.”

MATT COLVIN HEAD OF STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIPS, TEAM RUBICON

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