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The Best and Worst Prepared States for Weather Emergencies

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45. Nebraska
> Disasters declared since 1953: 65 (23rd fewest)
> National guard members: 6,025 (3.1 per 1,000 residents)
> State emergency dept. budget: $1.4 million (0.03% of total budget)
> Infrastructure score: 3.9 out of 10 (15th lowest)
> Population: 1,929,268

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44. Texas
> Disasters declared since 1953: 352 (the most)
> National guard members: 54,421 (1.9 per 1,000 residents)
> State emergency dept. budget: $21.5 million (0.01% of total budget)
> Infrastructure score: 4.0 out of 10 (tied — 17th lowest)
> Population: 28,701,845

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43. Georgia
> Disasters declared since 1953: 67 (tied — 24th most)
> National guard members: 27,006 (2.6 per 1,000 residents)
> State emergency dept. budget: $33.3 million (0.14% of total budget)
> Infrastructure score: 2.9 out of 10 (4th lowest)
> Population: 10,519,475

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42. Wyoming
> Disasters declared since 1953: 34 (tied — 6th fewest)
> National guard members: 2,922 (5.1 per 1,000 residents)
> State emergency dept. budget: $23.8 million (0.30% of total budget)
> Infrastructure score: 3.3 out of 10 (7th lowest)
> Population: 577,737

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41. Alabama
> Disasters declared since 1953: 87 (tied — 9th most)
> National guard members: 19,083 (3.9 per 1,000 residents)
> State emergency dept. budget: $68.1 million (0.26% of total budget)
> Infrastructure score: 2.2 out of 10 (the lowest)
> Population: 4,887,871

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