/R E P E A T -- Media Advisory - Are Canada's organizations prepared for disaster?/

    TORONTO, Oct. 7 /CNW/ - A deliberate attack on a city ... a spreading
virus ... a tsunami-like wave hitting the coast ... a long-term power-outage -
are Canadian organizations sufficiently prepared to deal with a disaster? On
Wednesday, October 8th, the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) will hold a
news conference to announce a new standard to help organizations stay safer
and operational should a disaster - natural, terrorist, biological or
technical - occur.
    CSA President of Standards, Suzanne Kiraly, National Fire Protection
Agency (NFPA) President and CEO, James Shannon and Adrian Gordon,
President/CEO, Canadian Centre for Emergency Preparedness will discuss
emergency management issues and why Canadian organizations need a
comprehensive approach to emergency management.
    Kiraly will discuss results from a national survey that reveals how
prepared, or unprepared, Canadian organizations feel they are should a
disaster strike. She will also highlight CSA's involvement in emergency
management and the development of the Z1600 Emergency Management and Business
Continuity Programs standard. Shannon will highlight the cooperation and
collaboration which occurred between the NFPA and the CSA to develop this
standard, creating a base for emergency management and business continuity
planning, while reducing costs and complexity for companies which operate in
both Canada and the United States. Gordon will discuss the importance of the
standard and its application to Canadian organizations.

    What:           Announcement of national importance related to the future
                    protection and preparedness of Canada's organizations.

    Teleconference: 1-800-733-7560 - participants should quote the title
                    "Emergency Management" to be placed in the call.

    Webcast:        www.vvcnetwork.ca/csa/10082008

    Who:            -  Suzanne Kiraly, President, Standards, Canadian
                       Standards Association
                    -  James Shannon, President and CEO, National Fire
                       Protection Association
                    -  Adrian Gordon, President/CEO, Canadian Centre for
                       Emergency Preparedness

    Where:          The Exchange Tower, TSX Broadcast Centre, street level
                    130 King St. West

    When:           Wednesday, October 8, 2008, 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.

For further information:

For further information: Amy Clark, Environics Communications, (416)
969-2758, aclark@environicspr.com; Anthony Toderian, CSA Group, (416)
747-2620, anthony.toderian@csagroup.org

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