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• 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.

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