You hope when you go to the polls and vote for the people to lead your state that they have the ability to keep you safe. Well, according to a new ranking it appears the leaders in the Land of Lincoln are not prepared for a major disaster to hit the state, here are the concerning details...

A new ranking has come out from Smilehub called 2024's Best States for Disaster Preparedness, and Illinois ranks a concerning 40th on the list... Illinois ranks behind states like Missouri at 32, Iowa ranked 20th, Wisconsin ranked 10th, and even behind West Virginia which ranks 13th on the list.

Smilehub says on its site, "The U.S. experienced the most billion-dollar disasters in its recorded history during 2023, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Despite the need for preparation, the latest data from the Federal Emergency Management Agency indicates that only 45% of adults believe they are prepared for a natural disaster..."  So what is the KEY indicator that puts Illinois so low on this ranking? According to the experts Illinois ranks 46th in the US for Funding Disaster Prevention and Planning, to see the full rankings for yourself, click here!

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Are you concerned?

Obviously, this is a concerning ranking for the Land of Lincoln, especially because we live in the Midwest and we know how unpredictable the weather can be at any moment. No, we don't have to worry about Hurricanes or massive Earthquakes, but severe storms and Tornados are a very real possibility for every person in the state and the state needs to be prepared.

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