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Earthquake-Proof Cell Phone Towers Are In The Works

An ugly but crucial palm tree cell tower (Photo by atricksmercy via the LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr)
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Los Angeles is planning on rolling out cell phone towers that will continue to work even after a big earthquake.

Mayor Eric Garcetti announced today at the 2015 Great California ShakeOut Breakfast Leadership Summit that Los Angeles will be working on these new cell towers that, if all goes as planned, will continue to work after an earthquake, CBS LA reports. Of course, that's only if the earthquake doesn't happen within the next two years, as that's how long it might take to roll out the towers.

In the interim, Garcetti suggests having another plan to get in touch with your loved ones in the event of a quake. One idea is having a set meeting point where you will join your family or friends.

Curbed LA notes that last year's report talked about a possible emergency WiFi network that relied on solar power that would only be accessible after an earthquake.

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In May, the L.A. City Council moved towards passing a law that requires all new cell phone towers to adhere to the strict seismic standards as public facilities.

Other topics discussed today included retrofitting buildings to withstand earthquakes, how to avoid and put out fires and demonstrations on how to perform CPR.