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businesses on the coast are working to get prepared.. in case the big one hits. experts say oregon has a 30 percent chance of experiencing at least a 9-point-0 magnitude earthquake in the next 50 years. as kezi 9 news reporter jillian smukler shows us -- businesses would last less than a month, without access to certain services. intro: while we can't stop natural disasters from happening there are many important steps that businesses can take to prepare and practice to reduce the damage and risk they face. the chamber of commerce in florence is working with businesses -- to show them how they can survive.. and recover after a natural disaster. the winter storm in oregon, and flooding and earthquakes in southern california -- have left many feeling uneasy.. josh bruce, the director of the oregon partnership for disaster resilience, says many business owners want to think ahead about how they would keep the doors open. "how do i incorporate this into my business planning on a somewhat regular basis...not trying to eat the whole elephant at once but just having a regularized program of checking in periodically to know do i have a business plan if an event happened what would i do... how do i connect with other businesses maybe in my sector to work together or collectively to make sure we can stay open after events when they happen." he says 40 percent of small businesses never reopen after a disaster hits... 25 percent fail to stay open within a year. and 90 percent close after two years. he says 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... now.. can make a big difference if the big one hits. reporting