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Resilient cities focus of new Sandia, Rockefeller Foundation pact to help 100 communities
Date:4/1/2014

this experience to develop models and best practices that can be shared with cities across the world."

Under the five-year memorandum, Sandia will supply cities with a toolkit of infrastructure and socio-economic models that will help local leaders better assess specific resilience challenges, set priorities and select the most cost-effective ways to address them.

"Sandia's experts have deep knowledge in how to address nearly every challenge a city might face everything from how to make its energy grid more resilient to how to achieve a more clean and sustainable water supply," Rath said.

Among Sandia's experts who will work with cities are Trisha Miller, a Sandia systems rist analyst, Abraham Ellis, an electrical grid expert, and Sandia hydrologist Vince Tidwell.

Systems risk analyses define threats, vulnerabilities and consequences

Miller helps cities think about threats facing them, how a city might be vulnerable to those threats and what the consequences are.

To define a city's risk, Miller taps experts across the labs to look at the likelihood of natural or manmade disasters. In the case of terrorist attacks, she tries to understand how someone who wants to harm a city would be motivated, make decisions and act.

To assess a city's vulnerabilities, Miller ties together threats and consequences to uncover potential weaknesses. The analyses also identify critical infrastructure, such as transportation, electricity, communications, hospitals and other facilities that would be vulnerable.

Finally, the analyses identify potential consequences, such as how many people would be injured in a natural disaster or how many buildings would have to be closed, to help cities prioritize how to become more resilient, she said.

"We're a systems engineering lab. That means we look at processes from end to end, defining the problem, identifying the needs, defining the requirements,
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Contact: Heather Clark
hclark@sandia.gov
505-844-3511
DOE/Sandia National Laboratories
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