A Neighborhood Watch group has many commonalities with being a Firewise Community. They both are community programs that empower residents through sustained actions that create a safe environment. Officer May Lee of Hawaii Police Department has been working to create new Neighborhood Watch groups in South Kohala and saw the similarities of her efforts with HWMO’s Firewise efforts.
On October 17, Officer Lee invited HWMO’s Community Outreach Coordinator, Pablo Beimler, to speak at Tutu’s House in Waimea about the Firewise Communities Certification program and background on the Ready, Set, Go! program and Wildfire & Drought Look Out! campaign. HWMO will continue to work with Officer Lee to encourage more communities to get active in the Firewise Communities program and in wildfire preparedness, in general.