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figure 5.	A	notional	IST	RMI	dashboard	with	its	component	indices	for	transportation	facilities.
✔ the development of a library of suggested capabili-

ties and recommended methods for translating those
capabilities and system performance to common consequence measures
✔ definitions of the decision types that will use resilience metrics
✔ the standardization of metrics with consensus among
stakeholders.

Electric Resilience Assessment Program-
Distribution (ERAP-D) Tool
Under the support of the Department of Homeland Security's
(DHS) Regional Resilience Assessment Program (RRAP),
Argonne National Laboratory has developed the infrastructure survey tool (IST), which is designed to be applicable
to collect and assess protection and resilience information
from facilities in all 16 critical infrastructure sectors. The
IST involves the use of a Web-based survey tool to collect
protective and resilience measures at a facility, as well as a
developed procedure to use the collected data to estimate a
resilience measurement index (RMI) to facilitate comparisons among the surveyed facilities. To date, more than 1,800
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assessments have been conducted using the methodology
across the United States.
The development of the ERAP-D tool is building upon
the current IST by revising the questions used to survey
electric utility operators and by determining weighting
factors for each resilience question and topic to calculate
an index for the four resilience domains (preparedness,
mitigation measures, response capabilities, and recovery
mechanisms). The indices will then be combined into an
overall measure of resilience (i.e., RMI) for distribution
utilities. An illustrated example of the RMI and its four
component indices for transportation facilities is shown
in Figure 5.
This project is eliciting the information (questions and
weighting factors) required to assess the resilience of electric
distribution utilities. Once the tool is fully developed in 2016,
it is intended to be used by distribution utilities to conduct
self-assessments using a holistic approach to grid resilience
that includes assessing physical infrastructure and company
plans, policies, and procedures. The DOE Smart Grid R&D
Program plans to provide technical support to electric utilities and other entities interested in using the tool.
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