Nevada County OK's Emergency Declaration Ahead of Area 51 Events

August 21, 2019

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Officials in Lincoln County, Nevada, have pre-signed an emergency declaration plan in case they are overrun by visitors attending two events tied to the “Storm Area 51” internet drive. County Commission Chair Varlin Higbee tells the Las Vegas Review-Journal, they were taking the "possibility of 35,000 to 40,000 people" showing up "very seriously." The first event is scheduled in the town of Rachel, where hotel owner Connie West expects 10,000 to attend the planned Alienstock Music Festival September 20-22. The Alien Research Center souvenir shop in Hiko also expects crowds to attend its planned exposition September 20-21. Between the two events, which have been hyped online, up to 40,000 people could show up in Lincoln County--which only has around 5,000 residents. Higbee says the declaration would let the county seek resources from the state in case things get out of hand. He also implored visitors not to try and enter Area 51, saying, “We don’t want civilian people in contact with the military at all. That will get ugly.”