Nevada County Approves Emergency Declaration In Preparation For ‘Storm Area 51’ Event
An event posted to Facebook that started out as a joke has got one tiny county in Nevada on edge and has prompted officials to call for a potential emergency declaration.
Lincoln county officials pre-approved an emergency declaration on Monday, according to Mick Akers of the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
The declaration is in response to the ‘Storm Area 51’ event posted to Facebook earlier this year by 21 year-old Bakersfield, CA resident Matty Roberts, who claims he initially created the event as a joke.
The event, scheduled for September 20, went viral after it’s creation with over 2 million people having already pledged to show up and storm the secret military installation known as Area 51 located just outside of Rachel, Nevada so they can ‘see them aliens’.
With a population of just over 5,000 people covering the entire county, officials pointed to the threat of local resources quickly being drained as the main reason for the emergency declaration.
According to Akers, officials also conditionally approved two official semi-related events: Alienstock which is to be held Sept. 20-22 and the UFOlogy Expo scheduled to be hosted Sept. 20-21.
The two events have the potential to bring up to 40,000 people to the scarcely populated county and officials have cited both the possibility of interruptions in cellphone service and a lack of law enforcement resources as reasons for potentially having to declare an emergency, although officials haven’t formally set a trigger-point according to Akers.
Officials continue to warn event-goers that plan on showing up in September that attempting to breach the Area 51 property will result in dire consequences.