The Best and Worst Prepared States for Weather Emergencies

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15. Massachusetts
> Disasters declared since 1953: 50 (tied — 13th fewest)
> National guard members: 15,045 (2.2 per 1,000 residents)
> State emergency dept. budget: $8.6 million (0.02% of total budget)
> Infrastructure score: 6.7 out of 10 (tied — 6th highest)
> Population: 6,902,149

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14. New York
> Disasters declared since 1953: 97 (7th most)
> National guard members: 28,861 (1.5 per 1,000 residents)
> State emergency dept. budget: $1.43 billion (0.91% of total budget)
> Infrastructure score: 5.3 out of 10 (tied — 21st highest)
> Population: 19,542,209

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13. Utah
> Disasters declared since 1953: 39 (8th fewest)
> National guard members: 11,987 (3.8 per 1,000 residents)
> State emergency dept. budget: $33.5 million (0.21% of total budget)
> Infrastructure score: 5.2 out of 10 (tied — 23rd highest)
> Population: 3,161,105

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12. Washington
> Disasters declared since 1953: 162 (4th most)
> National guard members: 18,115 (2.4 per 1,000 residents)
> State emergency dept. budget: $144.4 million (0.31% of total budget)
> Infrastructure score: 6.9 out of 10 (5th highest)
> Population: 7,535,591

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11. North Dakota
> Disasters declared since 1953: 58 (18th fewest)
> National guard members: 4,385 (5.8 per 1,000 residents)
> State emergency dept. budget: $166.1 million (2.06% of total budget)
> Infrastructure score: 3.2 out of 10 (6th lowest)
> Population: 760,077