The Best and Worst Prepared States for Weather Emergencies

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50. South Dakota
> Disasters declared since 1953: 73 (18th most)
> National guard members: 4,679 (5.3 per 1,000 residents)
> State emergency dept. budget: $11.3 million (0.24% of total budget)
> Infrastructure score: 3.5 out of 10 (8th lowest)
> Population: 882,235

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49. Ohio
> Disasters declared since 1953: 57 (17th fewest)
> National guard members: 28,064 (2.4 per 1,000 residents)
> State emergency dept. budget: $2.1 million (0.0003% of total budget)
> Infrastructure score: 2.6 out of 10 (2nd lowest)
> Population: 11,689,442

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48. Tennessee
> Disasters declared since 1953: 70 (tied — 20th most)
> National guard members: 18,000 (2.7 per 1,000 residents)
> State emergency dept. budget: $3.8 million (0.01% of total budget)
> Infrastructure score: 2.7 out of 10 (3rd lowest)
> Population: 6,770,010

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47. Nevada
> Disasters declared since 1953: 86 (tied — 11th most)
> National guard members: 7,734 (2.5 per 1,000 residents)
> State emergency dept. budget: $4.5 million (0.04% of total budget)
> Infrastructure score: 4.0 out of 10 (tied — 17th lowest)
> Population: 3,034,392

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46. New Mexico
> Disasters declared since 1953: 87 (tied — 9th most)
> National guard members: 5,026 (2.4 per 1,000 residents)
> State emergency dept. budget: $17.9 million (0.11% of total budget)
> Infrastructure score: 4.8 out of 10 (20th lowest)
> Population: 2,095,428