17 March 2020 – Texas National Guard activated to assist with the COVID-19 response

Type of Intervention: Executive Order
Sectors Involved: Civil Defence
Intervention Categories: Legal and policy; Enforcement actions
Level of Jurisdiction: Texas
Lead People/Agency: Governor Greg Abbott

Overview: Governor Greg Abbott today activated the Texas National Guard to be prepared to assist with response efforts for COVID-19. 
Full details here: https://gov.texas.gov/news/post/governor-abbott-activates-national-guard-in-response-to-covid-19

Type of Justification: Advice of EXTERNAL group of non-academics (e.g. business or community leaders)
Evidence/Justification: By activating the Texas National Guard, we are ensuring Texas is prepared as we continue to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, said Governor Abbott. “I am grateful to the men and women of the National Guard for their dedication to serving their fellow Texans, and want to assure the public that this is a precautionary measure to make sure the Texas National Guard has the capability to serve at a moment’s notice where they are needed most.” This decision was made soon after having a conversation with State hospitals to discuss care capacities for COVID-19.