The Best and Worst Prepared States for Weather Emergencies

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40. West Virginia
> Disasters declared since 1953: 70 (tied — 20th most)
> National guard members: 8,210 (4.5 per 1,000 residents)
> State emergency dept. budget: $2.2 million (0.005% of total budget)
> Infrastructure score: 3.7 out of 10 (tied — 14th lowest)
> Population: 1,805,832

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39. Idaho
> Disasters declared since 1953: 48 (10th fewest)
> National guard members: 5,525 (3.1 per 1,000 residents)
> State emergency dept. budget: $11.0 million (0.32% of total budget)
> Infrastructure score: 3.7 out of 10 (tied — 14th lowest)
> Population: 1,754,208

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38. Kansas
> Disasters declared since 1953: 74 (17th most)
> National guard members: 10,082 (3.5 per 1,000 residents)
> State emergency dept. budget: $20.6 million (0.13% of total budget)
> Infrastructure score: 3.7 out of 10 (tied — 14th lowest)
> Population: 2,911,505

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37. Arkansas
> Disasters declared since 1953: 72 (19th most)
> National guard members: 10,815 (3.6 per 1,000 residents)
> State emergency dept. budget: $27.9 million (0.09% of total budget)
> Infrastructure score: 3.7 out of 10 (tied — 14th lowest)
> Population: 3,013,825

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36. Illinois
> Disasters declared since 1953: 60 (tied — 21st fewest)
> National guard members: 24,325 (1.9 per 1,000 residents)
> State emergency dept. budget: $16.4 million (0.03% of total budget)
> Infrastructure score: 4.6 out of 10 (19th lowest)
> Population: 12,741,080