New legislation seeks to strengthen California's shaky emergency communications in the face of natural disasters

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California's communications systems have not held up particularly well when confronted with natural disasters.  Earthquakes have knocked out cell phone towers, essentially cutting off millions of people who's mobile phones are their only phone lines.  And preemptive power cuts in extreme fire weather have done the same thing, right when fire departments are trying to send out evacuation orders.  There's now an effort underway to fix these issues.  A group of California Congress members have introduced the Emergency Reporting Act in the hopes of significantly boosting the resiliency of emergency communications.