Here's Number 8 from the Placement Gods:::::::
Placement Newsletter # 8 2015
In this issue:
1. The Placement Process
2. Reading your address
3. Early Arrival Passes
4. Planning your LNT effort
5. Health and Safety, edits
6. BMIR PSAs
7. Last call for submissions for the Remembrance Plaque
Hello Fine People of Black Rock City!
Last week was a big one - we announced Placement and by now you've received your email and you have questions. Hopefully this newsletter will answer many of them. For the unplaced camps, even if you are not being placed, we hope you continue to read the information in this newsletter as it is relevant to everyone camping in BRC.
This newsletter gives some details about the placement process to help you understand why some camps do not get placement and some camps get moved around.
I am going to explain how to read your address and dimensions.
This Newsletter contains a correction from the Nevada State Health and Safety folks.
We also have something from our friends at Playa Restoration - it is never too late to start planning your LNT efforts.
Finally, some information about getting your Camp into the BMIR PSA list and the Remembrance Plaque.
Thanks for all the you are doing and planning - it's July and the energy is electric - keep those lists at the ready and the smiles on your faces!
PS - Want to write to us - email firstname.lastname@example.org
& please put your sector and camp name into the subject line for a faster response.
1. The Placement Process
The Placement team considers many things when we are laying out Black Rock City. We start by reading your questionnaire and reviewing what you write in the "described interactivity" section. This is where we get to know you and the plans for the theme camps. We think about what you are offering, how many people are in your camp, how many years you've attended the event and if we received any feedback about your camp.
Then we try to find the right spot for as many camps as possible that are offering high levels of interactivity, that are unique and new or have a great history of captivating our community.
We have areas of Black Rock City where we place Theme Camps and areas that we leave available to folks arriving when the gates open.
Some folks wonder why we move camps around; for example why would we move a camp that was on the Esplanade one year to a letter street?
The Placement Team strives to layout an engaging and dynamic city. We think about how people move around Black Rock City, how they ride their bikes and how they explore their neighbourhoods.
We think about where morning coffee should go, where afternoon snacks will get good foot traffic, and we make sure that complementary camps are near each other. We think about nighttime and how all of us are drawn to head for the lights and how to keep streets inviting and enticing. We try to accommodate what camp leads are asking for too.
While we think that on playa parties are terrific and mobile theme camps are a lot of fun, we do not consider what you are doing outside of your theme camp when we are thinking about you. We place camps based on what they are offering within the boundaries of the camp itself.
We know that some camps are well known and always draw a crowd, so we might move your off of the Esplanade to change the dynamic and give another camp a chance for front and center placement.
When we decide not to place a camp, it is usually because the described interactivity is not at the level of the other camps requesting placement. Our expectations are very high, because what is offered by Theme Camps is incredible and gets better from year to year. Things that were great last year, might not hold up as well as other camps are increasing their offerings.
The best advice to increase your chances of placement is to give us as much detail as you possibly can about what you are offering, the days and times of your activities and tell us what sets you apart from the others. We are looking for unique offerings that will inspire all of us.
2. How to read your address
The You've Been Placed email states your camp is 100 x 150 and your address is time on the clock and street name, or street name and time on the clock.
Or you are in a plaza or center camp and your address is street name @ time on the clock.
First - dimensions: the first number is your frontage and the second number is your depth. If you have a + or - sign, that means your shape is a not a square or rectangle and your placer can help with the details.
Second your address. The first street listed is where we consider your frontage. If the first street of your address is a number, that means you have frontage on a time avenue. If your first street is a letter street, you are probably mid-block.
If you are in a plaza or Center Camp, your address will contain the @ sign - and that means you are on a circular part of the city. We've told you what time on the smaller plaza clock face you are closest to, with towards the Man being 12:00.
3. Early Arrival Passes
Early Arrival Passes are required for everyone entering Black Rock City before the gates officially open.
The Placement team gives Early Arrival Passes to placed Theme Camps only. All other Placed Camps receive their EA passes from either their Department managers, the Art Department, the DMV or the Container program.
The Placement Team only issues Early Arrival passes for up until Saturday before the gates open. We need your camp to be in your reserved camping spot by Saturday. The gates open on Sunday morning and we cannot hold your space when that happens.
Early Arrival passes are offered to people who are building Black Rock City. The time before the gates open is a time to work. Burning Man is the time to play.
If you are a theme camp, your placer(s) may reach out to confirm the number of EA passes required. You can only make edits or requests for additional passes until August 1. No last minute requests will be accepted.
Early Arrival passes are not a commodity and any selling or trading or offering in exchange for anything is frowned upon. We can cancel your EA passes if we think you are using them for anything other than getting people within your camp into Black Rock City to set up your camp.
4. Planning and Documenting your LNT effort
After the MOOP map is published each year, a few people ask for details about the yellow or red marks that appeared in their camps. Our friends in Playa Restoration give us as much detail as possible about what they found, and we share it with you if you ask.
We know that strange things happen on an empty playa after the event is over and we know that sometime MOOP shows up that does not belong to you.
What can you do about MOOP that is deposited in your space after you have left the playa? Unfortunately, not that much, but you can be proactive about leaving your site spotless.
Start by Documenting your Clean up effort
Keep track of the following information:
How big was your camp? How many participated in line-sweeps?
Describe your clean up - how many people, what day, what time of day, what did you find.
Describe everything that was found or happened during the line sweep.
write down the things they found in camp - during line sweeps
take pictures of each direction - that their camp spot was clean - take a 360 showing there was not anything in the site when you left - if you have GPS - keep track of that too
Be thorough - be as thorough as the Playa Restoration Team
The Playa Resto team marks the red xs - so they know what and where they found abandoned materials. Big things are the Xs - Evaporation ponds, carpeting, trash bags, coolers, vats of urine.
The MOOP map starts a conversation - it is not a punitive measure, it is a process for feedback. We all want the entire city to be green - and we want everyone working together to achieve this.
5. HEALTH DEPARTMENT: FOOD PERMITS & DEADLINES
Please disregard the Health Department information from Newsletter #7 - the following information is correct.
In order to fight the threat of food-borne illness on the playa, the Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health (NDPBH) has requirements for camps serving food or beverages including the need of a health permit and an inspection. You must apply to the NDPBH and be permitted as a Temporary Food Establishment if:
* You wish to share, cook or serve food or non-alcoholic beverages to the general Burning Man population (gifting food).
* You will be cooking or serving food to more than 125* FELLOW CAMPERS in your (theme) camp.
(If you have a communal kitchen shared by 125 or more campers, but meals are prepared individually, or in smaller quantities than for 125 persons, a permit is not required. However we highly recommend you research and review safe food handling practices, starting with the NDPBH website's information).
If you are planning to prepare and give away food or drinks to the public on the playa including fresh squeezed juice, coffee with dairy, or even snow cones, you need a permit. Here's the scoop:
The only application any camp needs is the "Burning Man Temporary Food Establishment Application" found here:
Nevada State Health Division
or Temporary Food Establishments at Special Events - Forms
Look for the "Burning Man" header towards the middle of the website for this application and other food safety information and guidelines regarding Burning Man.
Via Mail: Applications must be received by AUGUST 16, 2015
475 West Haskell Street, Suite 38
Winnemucca, NV 89445.
In person: No later than FRIDAY, AUGUST 21st
Office Locations: 4150 Technology Way, Suite 100, Carson City, NV. Phone: (775) 687-7550 or
475 West Haskell Street, Suite 38, Winnemucca, NV. Phone (775) 623-6588.
Don't wait until the last minute. It would be a shame to have to cancel your plans.
PICKING UP THE PERMIT:
Once your application is approved, you will receive written notification of approval. However, you must pick up the permit at the event.
You will need to pick up the food permit at Playa Info in Center Camp during the following days:
SATURDAY, AUGUST 29TH THROUGH THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 3RD FROM 1:00 -2:30 PM
We will also provide early-extended hours- SUNDAY, THE 30TH AND MONDAY, THE 31ST FROM 11:30 AM 2:30 PM
We do this so that we can get an accurate camp location from which to do inspections. We are NOT issuing new permits at Playa Info.
IMPORTANT: LAST YEAR A NUMBER OF CAMPS DID NOT PICK UP THEIR PERMIT AT PLAYA INFO AND COULD NOT BE LOCATED FOR INSPECTION. PLEASE NOTE THAT NOT HAVING YOUR ACTUAL PERMIT ON HAND IS THE SAME AS NOT BEING PERMITTED. DON'T BE SHUT DOWN. YOU MUST PICK UP YOUR PERMIT AND BE INSPECTED TO BE IN COMPLIANCE.
FAQ about the Application:
Event Coordinator: The event coordinator is "Burning Man."
Location: List the location of the camp using the cross-streets (i.e. 3:30 + L). If you are a placed camp, you will know your location, but if you do not have a set location, it is fine to leave the location blank.
Source: The "source" of the food is the location where you purchase your food or ingredients (i.e. the name of the grocery store).
Fee: $50 USD payment. If you are sending a check or money order from another country please be sure to account for any exchange rate and/or make the payment in USD (United States Dollars/ US currency).
Permit Information and Exemptions: Permit information and a list of exempted foods and drinks which can be served without a permit are noted in the "Information for Temporary Food Establishment Permit at Burning Man (pdf)" document on the website.
ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS: Please contact the NDPBH at (775) 623-6588 or email email@example.com
6. BMIR (Burning Man Information Radio) PSAs (Public Service Announcements)
Now that you've been placed, it is the perfect time to record a promo announcement for your camps events and performances that will play on BMIR, 94.5 FM. - Burning Man Information Radio. BMIR is the official radio station of Burning Man and the best way to let the citizens of Black Rock City about your camp. All the details on how to record a promo and get it to them is here : http://bit.ly/1dNclSM
7. Last Call for Remembrance Plaque of Names of Burners Lost: 2014-2015
Each year since 1996, an anonymous Burner has created a plaque to commemorate members of our community who have passed away the previous year. This tradition honors those who have participated in creating Burning Man and affected our Burning experiences.
This is a call out to you, our community, to please let us know of any Burners lost in the last year whose names you feel should be added to this year's Remembrance Plaque.
Please send only their name, exactly as you would like to see it appear, to firstname.lastname@example.org
. (Please DO NOT hit reply to this newsletter to submit a name.)
Submissions must be received by July 20 to be included on this year's plaque. Submissions after the 20th will be added to next year's plaque.
Please note that the plaque is displayed at the Man Base, not the Temple, where more elaborate and personal memorials are created by participants.
May their spirits move on to the eternal playa!
Thank you and stayed tuned!!
The 2015 Placement Team
Abdullah, Answergirl, Baulknaub, Bravo, the Flaggers, GetRich, Happy, HepKitten, KGB, Level, Machine, Muppet, Papa Bear, Pono, Retro, Shadow, SwAmPy, Sweetthang, The Governess and WhatsIt.