Building a successful partnership with your State Animal Health Official (SAHO) is a crucial part of developing a response plan for your facility, as they will have authority over all facilities with susceptible animals during a Foreign Animal Disease (FAD) outbreak.  This step will introduce background information about what the time frame of response to such an outbreak might look like, including restrictions that could impact your facility, This step also provides guidance on building a successful partnership with your SAHO.  Upon completion of this step, you will have a better understanding of how an outbreak can affect you and why response partnerships are so important.  The Facility Information Worksheet included at the end of the step can be used as a guide for what information you should provide to your SAHO. 

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