In order to assist with the display of emergency alerts on campus, the Office of the Vice President for Communications (OVPC) has developed an easy-to-use emergency alert banner and twitter integration system. The publishing of alerts is managed by Division of Public Safety and Security (DPSS).
Below are the current integration methods that are officially supported.
If you are running WordPress you can simply install and activate the U-M Alerts plugin. This plugin by default uses the development feed from DPSS. This test will only display to WordPress administrators and turns on and off the emergency alert message usually every couple minutes or so. When the alert shows and you are comfortable with the integration on your site go to the “U-M: Alerts” in Settings of the Dashboard and switch the Mode to “Production”. There is also an option to have the HTML placed at the end of the <body> element in case there is some conflict that requires it to be placed there. This is a less accessible location.
These are the currently supported customization options and their values.
- prod (default)
- top (default)
You will want to test the banner in the dev mode (the test alert will cycle on and off) on your development server, or with the code restricted to specific test user IP addresses before running in prod mode.
Every site and server can be a little different. If there are any issues integrating the alert banner into your website, please feel free to contact firstname.lastname@example.org so we can assist.
In order to facilitate accurate emergency communication, the Office of the Vice President for Communication (OVPC) has developed a Twitter app to enable the automatic tweeting of University emergency alerts.
Log into your institutional Twitter account, then click on the following link to go to the Gateway’s Twitter app page: