IDK, Maybe as a guard member myself I just want to do more to help our state during times like this. What are your thoughts?
It all comes down to your Governor, they are the ultimate controller of what the guard is used for in your state, if they didn't feel the need or necessity of the guard, there probably was a good reason.
You can always bring your concerns to them directly via letters, petitions, email, etc., many do respond to military members with concerns or questions, it may be worth a shot to put a bug in their ear about what you feel and think the guard could contribute.
If your governor deploys you for an emergency, your State has to pay for it. When you get activated for a deployment over seas, the fed is paying for it. Deploying guard forces can be pretty pricey if you think you can get away with using emergency service personal (already being paid, a lot of which at local and not state levels) or volunteers.
It's all about the Benjamins.
One way that I've seen around this however is to activate a unit, and then backfill that unit with volunteers from other companies who DO want to go on orders. Also serves as a way to provide work for unemployed Guard members.