Steps to Take During a Flex Alert

By Robert Hood on September 01, 2022


Flex Alerts are issued in California during hot weather. When a Flex Alert is issued, there are steps you and your family can take to help save energy. Here are some simple things you can do to prepare for a power outage or when the power is off.


  • Make your own ice ahead of time
  • Freeze containers of water to keep food cold while power is off
  • Before the outage begins, set your refrigerator and freezer to their coldest settings until power is restored
  • Use coolers to keep food cold while power is off
  • Limit opening refrigerator and freezer doors
  • When power is off, food can be kept cold for up to four hours in refrigerators and up to 48 hours in freezers
  • Buy shelf stable foods


  • Have a backup key to replace electronic keys and locks (which need power to operate)
  • Turn off/unplug electrical appliances or equipment, like T.V.s and computers, that may spark or surge when power returns
  • Buy a battery-powered or crank radio
  • Download or print documents you may need
  • Locate free wi-fi locations in nearby areas
  • Invest in portable mobile and laptop battery chargers
  • Charge cell phones and backup chargers in advance
  • Stock up on batteries for items you rely on


  • Consider purchasing battery-powered LED lights or solar lanterns
  • Consider any needs for pets
  • Keep cash on hand and fill up gas tanks. Local ATMs and gas stations may close during an outage
  • Leave a light on to alert you when power returns
  • Keep flashlights in reach
  • Practice opening garage doors manually
  • Make sure your Electric Vehicle’s battery is fully charged


  • Find space outside to use generators, camp stoves and charcoal grills
  • Write emergency numbers down somewhere accessible
  • Check on neighbors
  • Make sure backup power and generators are ready to safely operate


  • Stock up on first aid supplies
  • Stock prescription and non-prescription medications
  • Plan for medications that require refrigeration
  • Charge medical devices fully

Use of Appliances

  • Install carbon monoxide detectors with battery backup in central locations on every level of your home
  • Avoid carbon monoxide poisoning. Generators, camp stoves or charcoal grills should always be used outdoors and at least 20 feet away from windows.
  • Never use a gas stovetop or oven to heat your home
  • Turn off or disconnect appliances, equipment, or electronics
  • Power may return with momentary surges or spikes that can cause damage