The Frew Group
Emergency Management Consulting Firm

Focused on: Cultural Competence – Inclusion – Equity – Accessibility

You carry a heavy responsibility for the health and safety of the lives of many. 

We help you fulfill your public safety mission and commitment to culturally competent, inclusive emergency management so no one is left behind.

What We Do

We are emergency management consults and sub-consulting specialists to federal and local government, NGOs, international organizations, and large consulting firms in the following areas:

 

1st of-its-kind workshop for officials & stakeholders to better understand the intricacies of their:

✓ Vulnerable populations

✓ Equity & inclusion concepts

✓ Disaster equity laws & case studies

✓ Cross-cultural communications

✓ Unconscious and implicit bias

 

 

Write and/or conduct audits and reviews to deliver equitable and culturally competent language for:

✓Alerts & warnings

✓ Communication outreach

✓ Emergency operations plans (EOPs)

✓ Exercise &  training documents

✓ Food security

 

 

Keynote speeches, conferences, talks, presentations & lectures:

✓ Equitable emergency management

✓ Climate change impacts on diverse populations

✓ Cross-cultural communications

✓ Cultural competency

✓ Inclusive risk communications

✓ Disabilities, access & functional needs

 

 

Strategies to address changing ecosystem resilience & climate change impacts on high-risk populations:

✓ Cultural competency & environmental justice

✓ THIRA support

✓ EOP climate change response annex

✓ Evacuation, communications & housing EOP annexes

 

 

Design and evaluate:

✓ HSEEP exercise scenarios, injects, and play for public information and equitable response to vulnerable populations, including those with disabilities, access and functional needs (DAFN).

✓ Cultural competency training.

 

Inclusive communications for culturally diverse, vulnerable, hard-to-reach, historically marginalized populations:

✓ AI & machine learning

✓ Alternative outreach techniques

✓ Participatory community engagement

✓ Non-native speakers & DAFN populations

Emergency Management Workshops, Training Frameworks for inclusive emergency management and Crisis Planning

Cutting-edge workshop for inclusion, equity, and accessibility for highly diverse communities at risk

As the leader and principal consultant of The Frew Group, Suzanne Frew steps outside the run-of-the-mill workshop and training frameworks. Her innovative workshop for inclusive emergency and crisis management provides workshop participants with the skills, knowledge, and abilities to meet the needs of historically disadvantaged, underserved, and marginalized populations.

The workshop builds the capacity to understand equity and inclusion principles and their skills to implement them in real-world situations.  

The value of inclusion, equity, accessibility, and cultural competency has long been recognized academically and theoretically but the practical nuts and bolts of how to operationalize cultural competency in the field of emergency management and disaster response have continued to challenge those responsible for public safety and lag behind – until now.

Deeply experienced - highly trusted

The Frew Group offers clients a unique expertise offered by very few consultants – expertise in the intersection between climate change and disaster risk to disproportionately impacted, high-risk populations.

Suzanne and her associates apply their deep bench of knowledge and extensive experience working with leaders from communities throughout the United States, island territories, tribal nations, and throughout the world. 

They have spent over three decades serving public and private sector clients alike. All have extensive backgrounds as planning consultants, trainers, speakers, and exercise facilitators addressing diversity and racial equity, climate adaptation for emergency management, and building community resilience.

Our clients demand a high level of trust. Our experience demonstrates the true meaning of diversity.

Human-centered design to engage and collaborate with whole communities

Our team uses human-centered design thinking, an inclusive and people-centered approach, to create a process for creative problem-solving. Human-centered design (HCD) is a framework that develops solutions to problems by involving the human perspective in the steps of the problem-solving process. It focuses on creating empathy-informed, not cookie-cutter, solutions.

The process, advocated by the Stanford d.school at Stanford University and other innovative organizations, focuses on observing the problem within context (if possible), brainstorming, conceptualizing, developing, iterating (to test the waters!), and implementing a culturally sound solution. Human dignity and access are key.

We build “creative confidence,” establish context and tell a story to bring people into it, empower them to relate to it, and get them to engage.

Human Centered Design in emergency management and disaster planning
Cross Cultural Communication in Emergency Management - The Frew Group

Cross-cultural communication saves lives

Often cultural differences cause miscommunication or breakdowns in the communication process between emergency services and the diverse communities they serve during a disaster. Shifting social demographics, language differences, cultural understanding, and other factors often create barriers to effectively serving people who are at the greatest risk. The challenge is that we often do not see things as the way they are; we see things as the way we are.

The Frew Group helps you and your team work through accessibility challenges to better reach individuals with disabilities, more effectively translate messages into multiple languages, and craft innovative approaches to reach those with limited digital access, the unhoused, undocumented immigrants, and many other groups that are often at high risk for not receiving timely, culturally inclusive and understandable, alerts and warnings and preparedness messages.

We expand on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion to help you see blind spots in Cultural Communication

Creating and operationalizing inclusive emergency management programs that are solidly rooted in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) practices and procedures ensures that you meet your organizational mission of providing public safety for all diverse populations—the whole community. It also fosters an environment where every person on your team and those you serve feels included, seen, and treated equally.


This means not just giving every person a seat at the table but giving them a voice and equal opportunities to succeed – in their job, in their resilience building, and when a disaster happens, equal opportunity to recover.


As Cultural Bridge Builders, The Frew Group brings to your organization a deep understanding (not lip service) of cultural competency, specifically in the profession of risk and hazards, resilience building, and emergency management. They deliver a hands-on experience with easy-to-understand tools and processes to help you create policy, plan for, deliver services, and communicate with your most vulnerable diverse, at-risk individuals.

expand on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion to help you see blind spots in Cultural Communication

What people say about The Frew Group:

5/5

Over the last twenty years countless consultants pushing planning and preparedness for "people with special needs" and "vulnerable populations" have come and gone. Suzanne remains one of the few who really understands, values, and successfully integrates cultural competency and cross-cultural communication in the planning, response and recovery processes. She brings a unique set of skills to a very difficult conversation, and a lasting commitment to vulnerable communities. I look forward to working with Suzanne in the future.

– Ana-Marie Jones

5/5

As lead of The Frew Group, Suzanne is a master at creating community engagement that successfully brings together hard-to-reach groups. She brought integrity, professionalism and passion to the Post-Disaster Reconstruction Guidelines and Protocols For The Conservation of Coastal Resources project that tackled sensitive issues of land use, climate change, and environmental vulnerabilities. Suzanne designed and spearheaded a multi-pronged outreach program across the islands of Maui County, using both traditional and non-traditional methods, and included innovative community workshops that deeply respected local Hawaiian culture and traditions and used a serious game to conduct research and build collaboration. I highly recommend bringing Suzanne and The Frew Group on to your team.

– Jim Buika, Coastal planner, Maui County Planning Department

5/5

Suzanne assisted us on a regional approach to crisis communications. I find Suzanne to be an unmatched expert in all aspects of crisis communications. She is visionary and has a consummate grasp of the "Big Picture". In meetings I've seen Suzanne listen to all views, no matter how diffused, and link these view into a cohesive concept that everyone understands. A true communicator!

– Jim Wollbrinck, Mgr of Security and Business Resiliency at San Jose Water Company

Experience matters

Suzanne’s 30+ years in the emergency management profession specializing in inclusion, equity, cross-cultural communications, and cultural competency makes her uniquely positioned as one of the top consultants in this field of emergency management.

Her passion for people, along with a natural gift of deep human connection and understanding, make her a go-to advisor, trainer, and instructor for cultural competency and for addressing the challenging issues of disproportionately impacted, diverse communities at risk. 

Starting her career as a federal Public Information Officer, she has worked with public and private teams to address communications, business continuity, and hazard mitigation in response to some of the most challenging domestic and international disasters. 

During blue sky days, she has developed national, state, and local level policy and plans and trained leaders and their teams to operationalize equity and inclusion in their programs and communications.

Suzanne is a unique Cultural Bridge Builder with mastery to detect and interpret the subtleties that often go unnoticed in emergency management practices and disaster planning. She ensures no person is left behind due to blind spots in cultural practices and communication.

Learn more about Suzanne Frew →

Suzanne Frew-Emergency Management Consultant
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