Schools and colleges that invest thousands of dollars in emergency-alert systems also need to promote awareness of and participation in these systems for them to be effective, experts say. That's one piece of advice contained in a new online resource from IT giant CDW-G, which unveiled its Mass Notification Toolkit web site March 2--giving educators and administrators a clearinghouse of information for how to implement and publicize potentially life-saving alerts effectively.

CDW-G created the free web site after a 2008 study from the company, "This is a Test – This is Only a Test: Updating America's Emergency Alert Infrastructure," showed that...

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