March 23, 2020 — The Federal Emergency Management Agency said Sunday it is working to help these hardest-hit states by activating the National Guard under Title 32 of the U.S. Code. The action enables governors to provide robust national guard support for their states. The Title 32 action ''does not federalize National Guard members," said Peter Gaynor, FEMA administrator. The troops operate under each state's governor. "This is not martial law."
Meanwhile, disaster declarations were approved for Washington state and New York.