Disaster Preparedness Panel Calls for Toronto-Wide Exercise

    Disaster Recovery Information Exchange (DRIE) asks government, emergency
    responders and business community to share and integrate response

    TORONTO, March 13 /CNW/ - The Disaster Recovery Information Exchange,
Toronto chapter (DRIE Toronto) today announced its plans to begin an in-depth
exercise that seeks to increase Toronto's disaster awareness while calling on
major industry and public sector officials to work together with the intent of
integrating various business continuity plans.
    The group is calling for a wide-scale Toronto Incident Management
Exercise (TIME) to be conducted in the Greater Toronto Area in 2008. TIME will
first research large scale readiness exercises conducted in other
jurisdictions - analyzing business, infrastructure, and government
interdependencies. DRIE Toronto will then consider how well the city's public
sector, critical infrastructure providers, and private sector understand each
others' preparedness plans and how they might integrate organization and plans
to work together during and emergency or when critically necessary.
    "It is essential to calibrate our disaster preparedness strategies
collectively in an open environment, not in silos behind closed doors," said
Michael Smith, President of ReadySmith. "There is no doubt that various
governing bodies, emergency response teams, and private sector organizations
each have effective plans in place. But the critical need is to see how these
plans will mesh with one another, and to fill in any identifiable gaps,
especially in the business community."
    More than 200 Toronto-area organizations are presently receiving a letter
and detailed brochure further outlining DRIE Toronto's goals and requesting
their ongoing participation. A copy of the brochure is available for public
review at www.drie.org.
    "DRIE is an organization dedicated to the exchange of ideas within the
business continuity and disaster recovery industry," said Ann Wyganowski,
President of DRIE Toronto. "Our goal is to integrate and mobilize multiple
groups and constituencies, without the proverbial 'red tape.' Simply put, we
are a group of well-connected volunteers that have made the safety and
productivity of the city's visitors, workers, and inhabitants our top
    "Toronto is one of the business nerve centres of Canada and North
America," said George Kerns, president and CEO of Fusepoint Managed Services,
and DRIE Toronto member. "The business community as a whole needs to pull
together to work hand in hand with front line agencies and get involved."

    About DRIE Toronto
    The Disaster Recovery Information Exchange is a not-for-profit
organization dedicated to the promotion of Business Continuity Management,
Computer Recovery Planning, Crisis Management and other related disciplines as
integral components of an effective business strategy. Founded in Toronto in
1985, DRIE provides a forum for over 300 members in Toronto and 720
country-wide to exchange of information, and conduct educational activities
and conferences covering a wide range of disciplines including crisis
management; voice communications systems recovery; corporate-wide business
continuity planning; emergency preparedness; and Data Centre recovery
planning. For more information please visit www.drie.org.

    About Fusepoint Managed Services
    Fusepoint Managed Services is the leading provider of managed IT services
and infrastructure for companies running mission-critical business
applications. Fusepoint's on-demand services include managed hosting, managed
application services, business continuity, security and professional
consulting services.
    Built on a foundation of unrivaled technical expertise and proven
operational processes, Fusepoint's managed IT solutions are SLA-guaranteed,
scalable and designed to reduce IT cost structures while mitigating risk of
service disruption. Picked as a "company to watch" by IDC Canada, Fusepoint
maintains a national network of state-of-the-art data centres and offices
strategically located in Toronto, Vancouver, Montreal and Quebec City. For
more information please visit www.fusepoint.com.

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For further information: MEDIA CONTACTS: Roger Hamshaw, Director Channel
Marketing, Fusepoint Managed Services, (905) 363-3796,
roger.hamshaw@fusepoint.com; Laura Mergelas or Laura Watton, Environics
Communications for Fusepoint Managed Services, (416) 969-2711 or (416)
969-2766, lmergelas@environicspr.com or lwatton@environicspr.com

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