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Posted on: September 24, 2019

[ARCHIVED] Storm Area 51 cost to taxpayers being calculated

The full cost of the county's preparedness efforts for the rumored influx of people for Storm Area 51 events will be made public when available during the next few weeks.

The expenses will include staff time from Nye County Emergency Management, Sheriff's Office, County Administration, including the county manager's office and finance, and first responders throughout rural Nye County.
Other costs include the acquisition and mobilization of resources, renting of hotel rooms for state and federal personnel to assist the county, as well as other expenses.
The county worked under a Declaration of Emergency since August 29th to mobilize resources with the state and help assure the health and safety of our residents and visitors.

Nye County is happy to report there were no major incidents related to the rumored Storm Area 51 event. Approximately 50 people approached the Nevada National Security Site gates in Amargosa Valley and then Mercury early Friday morning. Everyone remained peaceful, no arrests were made, and no citations issued. There were no incidents on Saturday morning, and the Emergency Operations Center in Pahrump, which started on Tuesday, was demobilized on Saturday afternoon. The Sheriff's Office returned to normal patrol operations in the areas of Mercury, Amargosa Valley, Beatty, and the Tonopah region on Sunday.

There were no reports of injuries to any Nye County responder assigned to the Storm Area 51 detail.

Management of the Emergency Operations Center was under a unified command with County Department of Emergency Management Director Scott Lewis and Nye County Sheriff Sharon Wehrly servicing as Incident Commanders. Experienced emergency responders from the state helped oversee the Center.

Lewis called the effort "most likely, the largest preparedness and response event ever managed by Nye County."

"I am extremely proud of our volunteer and career forces who stepped up to ensure the safety and protection of our communities," Lewis said. "Nye Administrative and staff, including the Board of County Commission Chairman John Koenig, were fully committed to our successes and spent countless hours in the Emergency Operations Center."

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