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The Best and Worst Prepared States for Weather Emergencies

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25. Maine
> Disasters declared since 1953: 59 (19th fewest)
> National guard members: 3,677 (2.7 per 1,000 residents)
> State emergency dept. budget: $0.7 million (0.04% of total budget)
> Infrastructure score: 7.2 out of 10 (tied — the highest)
> Population: 1,338,404

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24. Virginia
> Disasters declared since 1953: 67 (tied — 24th most)
> National guard members: 25,647 (3.0 per 1,000 residents)
> State emergency dept. budget: $10.6 million (0.02% of total budget)
> Infrastructure score: 5.1 out of 10 (tied — 25th lowest)
> Population: 8,517,685

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23. Indiana
> Disasters declared since 1953: 49 (11th fewest)
> National guard members: 18,366 (2.7 per 1,000 residents)
> State emergency dept. budget: $348.8 million (1.11% of total budget)
> Infrastructure score: 3.1 out of 10 (5th lowest)
> Population: 6,691,878

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22. Mississippi
> Disasters declared since 1953: 75 (16th most)
> National guard members: 16,177 (5.4 per 1,000 residents)
> State emergency dept. budget: $11.0 million (0.19% of total budget)
> Infrastructure score: 3.6 out of 10 (9th lowest)
> Population: 2,986,530

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21. Minnesota
> Disasters declared since 1953: 70 (tied — 20th most)
> National guard members: 18,697 (3.3 per 1,000 residents)
> State emergency dept. budget: $58.9 million (0.15% of total budget)
> Infrastructure score: 5.0 out of 10 (tied — 23rd lowest)
> Population: 5,611,179

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