The Best and Worst Prepared States for Weather Emergencies

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35. Vermont
> Disasters declared since 1953: 47 (9th fewest)
> National guard members: 3,452 (5.5 per 1,000 residents)
> State emergency dept. budget: $12.6 million (0.22% of total budget)
> Infrastructure score: 4.9 out of 10 (21st lowest)
> Population: 626,299

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34. New Hampshire
> Disasters declared since 1953: 52 (15th fewest)
> National guard members: 4,148 (3.1 per 1,000 residents)
> State emergency dept. budget: $4.4 million (0.04% of total budget)
> Infrastructure score: 5.6 out of 10 (19th highest)
> Population: 1,356,458

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33. Arizona
> Disasters declared since 1953: 86 (tied — 11th most)
> National guard members: 15,243 (2.1 per 1,000 residents)
> State emergency dept. budget: $22.4 million (0.06% of total budget)
> Infrastructure score: 5.3 out of 10 (tied — 21st highest)
> Population: 7,171,646

 

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32. Alaska
> Disasters declared since 1953: 66 (tied — 25th fewest)
> National guard members: 4,663 (6.3 per 1,000 residents)
> State emergency dept. budget: $9.4 million (0.10% of total budget)
> Infrastructure score: 5.9 out of 10 (16th highest)
> Population: 737,438

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31. Wisconsin
> Disasters declared since 1953: 50 (tied — 13th fewest)
> National guard members: 14,348 (2.5 per 1,000 residents)
> State emergency dept. budget: $4.0 million (0.01% of total budget)
> Infrastructure score: 5.1 out of 10 (tied — 25th lowest)
> Population: 5,813,568