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Exclusive Telecommunication Disaster Recovery service launched to Public Sector: Emergency Measures legislation compliance made easy!

October 4, 2010   by DisasterPhone

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Waterloo, ON

Jardine Lloyd Thompson Canada the nation’s premier provider of Insurance and Risk Management services to the Canadian Public Sector has entered into an exclusive arrangement with MMI of Waterloo, Ontario, to provide a private labeled, customized version of CatastroPhone™ Telecommunication Disaster Recovery Service to the Canadian public entity market. The private labeled service is DisasterPhone™


DisasterPhone™ allows subscribing members to immediately restore incoming call handling and distribution to key employees wherever they are following an emergency or disaster – even if the business premises has been destroyed or rendered inaccessible by any cause” says Greg Dalton, President & CEO of MMI/CatastroPhone™.


DisasterPhone™ allows the subscriber to determine appropriate call routing to key personnel and Emergency Measures designates before disaster strikes,” advises Paul Dorman Managing Director of JLT. “In addition to the basic need for preparedness and business continuity planning, public entities are bound by legislation at both the federal and provincial levels to ensure that adequate Emergency Measures protocols are in place. DisasterPhone™ delivers a key component to compliance with this legislation” he offers.


Through the DisasterPhone™’ web portal, subscribers can tailor call routing to alternative facilities, employee cell phones and hand held devices, or to third party emergency measures service providers. DisasterPhone™ retains the configuration input in its data vault for use at the time of activation of emergency service. Once initialized, calls to employees’ normal extension numbers are automatically distributed remotely, in accordance with the subscribers predetermined directives.


“While the original CatastroPhone™ telecommunication disaster recovery model has been designed for the Canadian SME market through the insurance broker channel, JLT immediately recognized the relevance of the service to address pressing concerns of the public sector:” Dalton adds.


“Because JLT has demonstrated an unparalleled understanding of the needs of the public sector – particularly with respect to specific Emergency Measures legislation, we agreed that a private brand exclusive representation for the public sector was ultimately in the best interest of the public entities subscribing to the service” says Dalton. “JLT will be the authority in Canada for this essential service for public organizations.”


“This is the only solution of its kind in North America that we’ve identified – it’s exactly what we were looking for” says JLT Managing Director, Terry Patterson, “and our international offices will be watching with interest as we roll the service out across Canada. We expect adoption of the service to have a viral effect.


Offered exclusively under the brand DisasterPhone™ the service will be initially extended to over 300
provincial, municipal and affiliated public entities already enjoying the benefit of JLT’s insurance and risk management services. Municipal clients not currently sourcing their insurance solutions from JLT will have access to the service commencing January 1, 2011, as will private sector enterprises wishing to enroll through any of JLT’s seven Canadian offices.


About JLT

JLT is a subsidiary of the Jardine Lloyd Thompson Group. Jardine Lloyd Thompson Canada is a leading risk management, insurance and employee benefits specialty brokerage firm.


The Jardine Lloyd Thompson Group is one of the world’s largest insurance brokerage firms. JLT Group employs 5,000 professionals worldwide and has offices in 33 countries. All the benefits of this worldwide network can be accessed from our Canadian offices.


In Canada, JLT was formed in 1900, operates from seven offices in four provinces and employs over 250 professionals. JLT has maintained steady growth since its’ founding in Canada.


Paul Dorman 1-800-268-9189 Fax#416-941-9323

Terry Patterson 1-800-268-9189 Fax#416-941-9323


About DisasterPhone™

DisasterPhone™ is a customized, private labeled version of CatastroPhone™, a trademarked telecommunication disaster recovery service developed by Manic Marketing Inc. (MMI) of Waterloo, Ontario. MMI’s principals draw from over fifty years of insurance program development and marketing, technology and integrated risk solutions.


Fibernetics Corp, one of Canada’s leading providers of voice and data solutions and a CRTC licensed CLEC telecommunication carrier provides national infrastructure fulfillment for DisasterPhone™.


Greg Dalton 1-866-964-4150

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