Emergency Alert Banner Component

Automatically display the red 'UB Alert' banner on your site during a campus emergency.

Using This Component

Add the component to the page. No settings need to be adjusted in this component, but you will need to adjust your home page's Page Properties to set a cache flush trigger

Place this component in your site's Header page, which is located in your Site-Wide Configuration folder. We encourage you to place it immediately under the main header component.

Remember to set a 'Flush Trigger' for your home page (details below).

The component as first displayed on the page.

The component as first displayed on the page, placed directly under the main UB banner.

To ensure that the banner will display on your site as soon as it is loaded on the master emergency.buffalo.edu site, you will need to set a Flush Trigger on your site's home page.

In Page Properties, in the Advanced tab, under Server Caching, add a new Flush Trigger with this path and reactivate the page: /content/shared/www/emergency

  • Top Level Sites (/content/site)
    • e.g. nursing.buffalo.edu
    • Adjust Page Properties for the site’s home-page-dispatcher-trigger page
      • /content/site/home-page-dispatcher-trigger.html
      • e.g. /content/nursing/home-page-dispatcher-trigger.html
    • This page is NOT displayed in the admin console or File Tree. You will have to load it manually into your browser.
    • Flush triggers added to your actual home page’s Page Properties are ignored.
      • ubcms-author.buffalo.edu/content/site.html
      • e.g. ubcms-author.buffalo.edu/content/nursing.html
  • Second Level Sites (/content/*/site)
    • e.g. www.buffalo.edu/president
    • e.g. medicine.buffalo.edu/biochemistry)
    • Adjust Page Properties for the site’s home page
      • ubcms-author.buffalo.edu/content/*/site.html
      • e.g. ubcms-author.buffalo.edu/content/www/president.html

Do not be alarmed. Unless there is a campus crisis, the banner will NOT be visible on your home page even in the Author environment. It will, however, always be displayed on your Header page in AUthor.

Add a flush trigger to your home page's Page Properties.

How Will the Banner Function?

When a UB Alert is posted during a campus emergency, this component will display as a red banner on select websites, such as the UB home page , the Administrative Services Gateway, the Student Life Gateway, our news sites (UB Now, News Center,) and the main UB Alert website.

An example of a UB Alert banner on the main home page.


  1. Place the component directly under the main header component.
  2. Be sure to adjust your main home page's Page Properties as noted above.

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March 16, 2020