27 March 2020 – Three National Guard Joint Task Force Brigades deployed to assist with COVID-19 response

Type of Intervention: Specific Action
Sectors Involved: Civil Defence
Intervention Categories: Legal and policy; New initiatives
Level of Jurisdiction: Texas
Lead People/Agency: Governor of the State of Texas

Overview: As part of the state’s ongoing response to COVID-19, Governor Greg Abbott announced the deployment of three National Guard Joint Task Force Brigades. The 72nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, the 56th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, and the 176th Engineer Brigade will operate ten general support units located throughout the state.
Full details here: https://gov.texas.gov/news/post/governor-abbott-announces-national-guard-deployment-in-support-of-covid-19-response

Type of Justification: Learning from other jurisdictions
Evidence/Justification: This announcement was made soon after the National Guard began providing aid in across states. Governor Abbott said: “Whether it’s overseas combat, major storms, or deadly viruses, the Texas National Guard is always quick to defend and serve their fellow Texanst. “Texans can be grateful that these troops are now standing their post alongside healthcare professionals and first responders on the front lines of this crisis.”