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Oregon Coast businesses work to prepare for the Big One

Employees of businesses on the Oregon Coast attended a meeting in Florence today to better prepare themselves for the predicted gigantic earthquake, which could level buildings and trigger a tsunami.

Posted: Jul 11, 2019 6:05 PM
Updated: Jul 11, 2019 6:05 PM

FLORENCE, Ore. -- Employees of businesses on the Oregon Coast attended a meeting in Florence today to better prepare themselves for the so-called "Big One"-- a gigantic earthquake that could level buildings and trigger a tsunami.

And while the impact on the natural landscape would be great, others are more worried about people not being as prepared as they should be.

“I think our business is really prepared," said Dee Osborne, an employee at Banner Bank in Florence. "I think I am personally, but as I talk to other businesses, other personal members of the community, they're not ready. I feel like our plan might get askew as other people are trying to grasp our resources."

Back in June the Oregon legislature repealed a ban that prevented new schools, hospitals and police and fire stations from being built in the state's tsunami zone.

"There’s more work to be done," said Josh Bruce, the Director of Oregon Partnership for Disaster Resilience. "My understanding is the intent is really to replace that with building code regulations that would essentially require enhanced building techniques for facilities that are in the zone."

Bruce also stressed the lasting impact of disasters, saying many businesses have trouble getting back on their feet after a natural disaster hits.

Bruce said that's why businesses need to think about the hazards specific to their area -- and get the right type of insurance. Identifying all their equipment, tools and resources can make a big difference if the Big One hits.

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