High rises

 Residents of high-rise apartments should know that winds are stronger at higher elevations. Glass doors and windows may blow out of their casings and weaken the structure.

 If you live in an evacuation area, you'll have to leave when the order is given.

 If you live outside the evacuation area, seek shelter between the third and 10th floors to stay safe from the storm surge and high winds.

 Know the location of all exit stairways. Count the number of steps and direction to the closest exit in case the lights in the hallway aren't operating.

 Don't use the elevator.

 Decide where the family will meet if you are separated.

 Bring in all loose items from the patio or balcony. Close and lock all windows, sliding glass doors and shutters.

 If you are renting, make sure you know what the owner is responsible for, such as putting up shutters.

 Building managers or condo associations should organize a group of responsible residents to develop a plan to secure the grounds.

 Set up guidelines for storing cars and boats.

 Condominium or high-rise building boards should find out if their buildings have back-up generators.

 Elevator cars should be stopped at the top of the shaft so that they are less likely to be damaged by water or debris.

 Find a structurally safe area to congregate, such as a hallway above the third floor.

 Set up a system to keep track of residents who plan to leave, so that everyone can be accounted for.

Related stories from Bradenton Herald