If evacuation is not possible, a decision must be made whether to confine large animals to an available shelter on your farm or leave them out in pastures.
Owners may believe that their animals are safer inside barns, but in many circumstances, confinement takes away the animals’ ability to protect themselves. This decision should be based on the type of disaster and the type of sheltering structure.
If your pasture area meets the following criteria, your large animals may be safer in the pasture than being evacuated:
- No barbed wire fencing (woven wire fencing is best)
- Larger than one acre in size. If less than an acre,
- Your livestock may not be able to avoid blowing debris.
- No exotic (non-native) trees, which uproot easily
- No overhead power lines or poles
- No debris or sources of blowing debris