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The Best and Worst Prepared States for Weather Emergencies

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20. Montana
> Disasters declared since 1953: 82 (13th most)
> National guard members: 4,220 (4.0 per 1,000 residents)
> State emergency dept. budget: $34.5 million (1.39% of total budget)
> Infrastructure score: 5.5 out of 10 (20th highest)
> Population: 1,062,305

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19. Oklahoma
> Disasters declared since 1953: 191 (3rd most)
> National guard members: 13,238 (3.4 per 1,000 residents)
> State emergency dept. budget: N/A
> Infrastructure score: 3.7 out of 10 (tied — 14th lowest)
> Population: 3,943,079

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18. Colorado
> Disasters declared since 1953: 91 (8th most)
> National guard members: 13,588 (2.4 per 1,000 residents)
> State emergency dept. budget: $32.7 million (0.12% of total budget)
> Infrastructure score: 6.3 out of 10 (tied — 12th highest)
> Population: 5,695,564

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17. Pennsylvania
> Disasters declared since 1953: 60 (tied — 21st fewest)
> National guard members: 29,420 (2.3 per 1,000 residents)
> State emergency dept. budget: $1.9 million (0.01% of total budget)
> Infrastructure score: 6.2 out of 10 (tied — 14th highest)
> Population: 12,807,060

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16. North Carolina
> Disasters declared since 1953: 63 (22nd fewest)
> National guard members: 21,035 (2.0 per 1,000 residents)
> State emergency dept. budget: $8.6 million (0.04% of total budget)
> Infrastructure score: 6.6 out of 10 (10th highest)
> Population: 10,383,620

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