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:

Turkey and Syria earthquake — February 2023

Heartbreaking images from Turkey and Syria show the devastation of a massive earthquake on a region already impacted by a refugee crisis. While Target doesn’t have direct operations in either country, we’re anxious to help the humanitarian efforts underway. We committed $500,000 of direct support to the region for immediate response and recovery efforts with partners including CARE, Save the Children, UNICEF, American Red Cross and International Medical Corps. We also announced a $1 million commitment to address ongoing global humanitarian aid throughout 2023 with partners like World Food Programme and UNICEF.

Hurricane Ian — September 2022

In response to Hurricane Ian, Target committed $5 million to local and national disaster response partners, including the American Red Cross, Team Rubicon and a variety of local nonprofits. Target stores across the region also supported local first responders and nonprofit organizations in purchasing much-needed supplies. In addition, Target provided financial assistance to team members through its Team Member Giving Fund. This fund is supported by team member donations, which Target will match dollar-for-dollar up to $3 million in response to Hurricane Ian. In the days after the hurricane, Target also established temporary resource centers at two stores in the Fort Myers, Florida, area to assist local team members and their families with immediate needs. 

Hurricane Fiona — September 2022  

After Hurricane Fiona struck Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, Turks and Caicos, and other areas of the Caribbean, Target committed $250,000 to support disaster relief and rebuilding efforts across the region. Our donation includes contributions to the American Red Cross, Team Rubicon, the FootPrint Project’s Solar Build Power Program, and the Fiona Response Fund of the Hispanic Federation.  

Pakistan flooding — September 2022 

When Pakistan was impacted by severe monsoon rains and flooding starting in June 2022, our first concern was for our team. Target maintains an owned brand sourcing office in Karachi, Pakistan, and we’re grateful that all of our local team members were safe. In response to the disaster, Target committed $250,000 to aid in immediate disaster response and long-term recovery. The donation included commitments to UNICEF, CARE and the Center for Disaster Philanthropy. 

Missouri and Kentucky flooding — August 2022 

Following flooding across Missouri & Eastern Kentucky in late July and early August 2022, Target donated $200,000 to local and national partners including the American Red Cross, Team Rubicon and various local partners and food banks. Our store teams in the region also provided Target GiftCards to first responders and nonprofit organizations in the days immediately following the flood. 

Global humanitarian aid — March 2022 

Target partners with several nonprofit charities that provide humanitarian aid and disaster relief around the world. In March of 2022, we committed $2 million toward this work, which included donations to UNICEF, the World Food Programme and the International Humanitarian Aid Response Fund of the American Red Cross. 

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.

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.

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.

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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.”


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