“To increase visibility in the fog of response, tactical data elements need to be reduced to that information most necessary to understanding the operational and strategic effects of the response efforts.”

This is the fourth essay in a series that examines the various aspects of what might be viewed as logistical support to the public health practitioner in events. In this essay, the focus will be on the challenge of providing visibility during the intense phase of response when events are fluid and information is not only changing but lacks clarity.

While the focus here is the public health practitioner, it is also about providing information to the public just when pressure and anxiety about the circumstances and trends are at their peak, and information may lack sufficient data points to see clear trends. The post-earthquake, post-tsunami, unfolding radiation events that occurred in Japan in March of 2011 will provide some examples of just how challenging this is.

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