Introduction to Resilience: 2 - Hazard and Vulnerability Assessments  

Education Type: 
Live Online
1 hour
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM (ET)
0.2 CEU
Sponsored by: 

DOE Federal Energy Management Program - FEMP

This training examines how resilience is assessed and measured at federal sites, focusing on “what is it?” and “why should we care?” for two key concepts: hazard and vulnerability. It covers different types of hazards (natural, operational/technological, and malicious), hazard exposure, and a discussion of how hazards may change under climate change. The training also explores vulnerability (including adaptive capacity or measures), and how it is incorporated within facility resilience assessments. It touches on the concept of consequence, given that absent impact, a site may not have reason to care about either hazard or vulnerability.


Doug Elliott, Senior Research Economist, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory  

Doug Elliott is a senior research economist at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. Since joining the lab in 1991, he has participated in a variety of projects focused mainly in the areas of resource efficiency and policy, cost-benefit and regulatory analysis, and software development. Currently, he supports DOE’s Federal Energy Management Program through the development of components of its Technical Resilience Navigator. He also supports energy and water security strategy, measurement, and assessment development for the Headquarters, Department of the Army. Doug received a BA in Economics from Whitman College and an MA in Economics from the University of Virginia.

Julia Rotondo, Program Manager, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory  

Julia Rotondo is a Program Manager at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory with over 9 years’ experience working on energy, cybersecurity, climate change, resilience, and buildings efficiency issues. This experience includes leading cybersecurity strategy development, research on connected technologies, and technology roadmap development. At PNNL, Julia works on developing resources to enhance the resilience planning capabilities of federal facilities, developing resources to enhance the cybersecurity posture of federal facilities, and strategic approaches for addressing climate change.

Kathryn Otte, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory  

Kathryn is a data scientist in the Risk Modeling & Optimization group at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. She specializes in developing risk algorithms and simulation tools for federal agencies. Her research applications include resilience planning, aviation security, building digitalization for energy efficiency, and cybersecurity for agriculture.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course, attendees will be able to:

  • Recognize how to identify and assess a facility’s exposure to hazards, natural and otherwise;
  • Recognize how to identify and assess a facility’s vulnerability to hazards;
  • Recognize how to use the results of hazard and vulnerability assessments to help meet facility energy, water, and emissions goals and requirements.