On Tuesday, Texas Governor Greg Abbot activated the Texas National Guard to be prepared to assist with COVID-19 Coronavirus Response.
At the moment, the guard is on standby waiting on orders on how they may be used in Texas:
“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.”
National Guard Activated in at least 15 States
So far, according to all the numbers we have seen, at least 1,500 National Guardsmen have been activated for duty from 22 states.
Air and Army Guardsmen have been tasked to take the following COVID-19 missions:
- Managing drive-through testing facilities
- Identifying and preparing National Guard facilities for use as isolation housing
- Response liaisons and support to state Emergency Operations Centers
- Support to healthcare professionals
- Logistics support
- Assisting with disinfecting/cleaning of common public spaces
- Providing transportation support for health care providers
- Collecting and delivering samples
- Assisting with sample administration.
- Assisting residents quarantined at bases.
“Bottom line, our force must remain flexible, innovative and ready to help America mitigate the impacts of this virus,” said Air Force Gen. Joseph Lengyel, National Guard Bureau chief. “I trust the adjutants general in the 50 states, three territories and District of Columbia will continue to make decisions at their level to ensure our force of 450,000 people will be ready when their governors’ call.”
Prepare for Coronavirus Chaos
If you can, I would avoid stores for a while — especially the gun since we have heard reports that some of them are attracting the wrong crowds. If you need supplies try to order them online — if you can find them. Many retailers have started limiting even online orders, and Amazon is out of large amounts of grocery products. But if you can, I would see what you can find online and use services like Amazon Pantry, Amazon Fresh, Bulk Emergency Foods, or Amazon Grocery.