There’s nary a corner left in the U.S. that’s not been affected by extreme weather in the past
year day. Whether you’re currently “enjoying” the extended heat wave covering most of the country, facing toxic smoky air from wildfires, or bracing for flooding and the upcoming hurricane season, chances are the wacky weather system has impacted your life or the life of someone you love.
With natural disasters becoming par for the course, anxiety about severe weather—and its fallout—is on the rise. CNBC recently released a list of the states that are least-prepared for extreme weather. News like that, combined with natural concern about what’s coming next (freak hail storms? flash floods?) isn’t comforting.
Instead of grinding our teeth (is that just me?) and hiding in the basement, we decided to find out how stressed out Americans really are. We asked 5,000 people from across the country (at least 100 in every state) how concerned they are about different natural disasters—and what they’re doing about it.
Interestingly, four of our top 10 most-worried states are also included in the CNBC report of those least prepared for a natural disaster. The good news is that many individuals in these states are proactively preparing for the coming storm. Here’s a look at the most-concerned states and how they’re getting ready for the wrath of Mother Nature.