Whether or not anyone is going to travel to rural Nevada to “Storm Area 51,” we won’t know for sure until September 20th.
That’s when millions of people are supposed to assemble before dawn to rush the entrance of Area 51 in an effort to find all those hidden aliens and set them free. Of course, the wild idea was conceived as a joke on social media, complete with a Facebook event and tons of memes.
U.S. Military Issued Very Real Warning About Joke Event
The popularity of the event has taken over and even caused some concern for U.S. military officials, who say that they are monitoring the situation and have issued a warning to anyone who really thinks they’re going to show up in search of UFOs.
Area 51 is, of course, a highly classified United States Air Force facility that is located within the Nevada Test and Training Range. In other words, not the kind of place that a bunch of civilians could ever expect to break into.
As the date for “Storm Area 51” quickly approaches, some Nevada natives are starting to get worried that there are people who might show up for real.
Nevada Locals Worried About People Showing Up For Real
The commissioners of neighboring Nye County in Nevada are a little spooked by the whole thing and have voted unanimously to declare a preemptive state of emergency in order to prepare for the possible influx of visitors in nearby Lincoln County. The hearing only lasted about five minutes.
Even though there are millions of people that have expressed interest on Facebook, Nye county officials only believe that a few thousand could actually show up. However, that still may be too much for them to handle, especially if they’re hitting small towns like Amargosa, which only boasts a population of about 1,000 people.
“Nowhere to Go Potty”
County Commission Chairman John Koenig is hoping to discourage visitors by painting a picture of what a max influx of visitors might look like, claiming that people should “be prepared because it’s probably not going to be nice.” You know, things like “there will probably be no ice available” and “nowhere to go potty.”
Scott Lewis, the Nye County Director of Emergency Services, sounds a little more logical, as he is preparing for things like serious traffic accidents or fire. And Trevor Dolby of the Amargosa Town Board warns that the cell phone towers were not designed to support the thousands of people that could potentially show up.
Local law enforcement is concerned about whether or not emergency responders will be able to do their jobs. The 9-1-1 paging service goes through cell phones, and a large number of people could cause gridlock.
Understandably so, Nye Sheriff Capt. David Boruchowitz said that people just should not come.