The Best and Worst Prepared States for Weather Emergencies

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10. New Jersey
> Disasters declared since 1953: 51 (14th fewest)
> National guard members: 17,376 (2.0 per 1,000 residents)
> State emergency dept. budget: $10.0 million (0.03% of total budget)
> Infrastructure score: 7.2 out of 10 (tied — the highest)
> Population: 8,908,520

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9. Rhode Island
> Disasters declared since 1953: 22 (2nd fewest)
> National guard members: 4,246 (4.0 per 1,000 residents)
> State emergency dept. budget: $4.3 million (0.05% of total budget)
> Infrastructure score: 6.4 out of 10 (11th highest)
> Population: 1,057,315

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8. Iowa
> Disasters declared since 1953: 66 (tied — 25th fewest)
> National guard members: 10,861 (3.4 per 1,000 residents)
> State emergency dept. budget: $2.2 million (0.01% of total budget)
> Infrastructure score: 7.1 out of 10 (tied — 3rd highest)
> Population: 3,156,145

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7. Hawaii
> Disasters declared since 1953: 53 (16th fewest)
> National guard members: 9,501 (6.7 per 1,000 residents)
> State emergency dept. budget: $6.7 million (0.05% of total budget)
> Infrastructure score: 5.0 out of 10 (tied — 23rd lowest)
> Population: 1,420,491

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6. Maryland
> Disasters declared since 1953: 34 (tied — 6th fewest)
> National guard members: 18,819 (3.1 per 1,000 residents)
> State emergency dept. budget: $6.1 million (0.01% of total budget)
> Infrastructure score: 6.7 out of 10 (tied — 6th highest)
> Population: 6,042,718