Here's a link to BMIR radio to listen to while you are packing and costuming and looking for those fun things we found in March that we just gotta take. BMIR - Burning Man Radio - 94.5 FM on the playa
And some more stuff from the Placement gods. Bugs? really? They should be all dehydrated by now. Playa looked great during the 4th, not much sand worms at all but not sure how close we were to home. Has anyone seen a long range weather forecast either? oh wait, here's one. Doesn't look like too many 100 degree days, even a little cool http://www.weather.com/weather/tenda...+USNV0033:1:US
Placement Newsletter # 11, 2015
In this issue:
1. Food Safety at Burning Man
2. Fuel Storage
3 Fuel Delivery
4. Lost and Found
5. GATE and Exodus
6. Please do not steal signs
Fine People of Black Rock City!
The piles of bins are growing, the Flagging team are finished placing flags, some of the Placement Team are already on playa and the excitement level is crackling!
This is really happening.
We are excited, frantic and overwhelmed. And now we're hearing stories about bugs.
All the more reason to take a deep breath, pour a glass of cool water and pause for just a moment.
This newsletter is about health and safety - things that we can not rush or pass over.
So drink some water, read this newsletter and remember not to believe all of the drama you read on the Internet. There might be bugs, but we are resilient and resourceful. We come to the playa for adventure and challenge.
Bring some bug spray if you like, but try not to panic. Most of the bugs came to the playa from the Ranch. Once all of the gear is moved, the bugs won't have much of a food source and they won't survive. Once the dust storms come as we all drive on the playa, they will probably blow away.
We are an amazing community and we can handle anything, together.
PS - Want to write to us - email email@example.com
& please put your sector and camp name into the subject line for a faster response.
1. FOOD SAFETY AT BURNING MAN
Hand Washing and Food Temps
Hand-washing is the first line of defense against the spread of many illnesses, including food-borne illnesses. So please, be sure to wash your hands before you handle food. And of course, be sure to use the hand sanitizer that is hung on the posts by the port-a-potty banks after using these facilities.
The second most important factor in preventing foodborne illness, is maintaining safe food temperatures.
While out on the playa it is important to keep cold foods cold, at or below 41 degrees F and to keep hot foods hot, above 135 degrees F.
If you don't maintain these temperatures, the number of bacteria in the food will quickly multiply, doubling every 20 minutes.
So please keep foods out of the temperature danger zone. Check your coolers and replenish ice often. If you are using ice as a coolant, be sure it surrounds your food containers and is not just below the food.
And remember to be prepared and stock up on back-up ice before you need it. If it rains or there are other emergencies on the playa, Arctica's hours may change. You will need to demonstrate your Burner prowess, and show your self-reliance by being prepared and keeping cold foods cold and ice stocked, regardless of the outside conditions.
2. Fuel Storage
Fuel and Hazmat Storage
All participants using combustible fuels in an art installation (or for other purposes) at Burning Man must educate themselves about and comply with appropriate practices for storing and handling these materials.
Fuel and Hazmat Storage | Burning Man
Click this link - best images of fuel safety ever!!
3. Fuel Delivery
BRC Fuel Program | Burning Man
Fuel Delivery on playa? There's a form for that:
Haymaker Fuel - BRC 2015
Note to Participants:
- Fuel price is variable and will be Wholesale + $1 and all applicable taxes.
- Credit card will be swiped at point of sale and receipts will be emailed.
- Fuel/Gas delivery has a minimum of 25gal, you will be charged for 25gal if you don't reach the minimum.
- There is no minimum for the fuel station at 10th and L.
- We do not provide fuel containers of any kind.
4. Burning Man Playa Info Lost & Found
We VOLUNTEERS at Playa Info try our best to reunite items with their owners. That is one of the service gifts Playa Info provides to Black Rock City (BRC)
Spread word!!....There is no such thing as a, "playa gift" or, "ground score". If you find it, it belongs to some one else! Encourage people to bring found items down to lost and found.
There are steps you can take pre- and on-playa to help yourself, others and us before you lose something!
Prevention is the best cure
Consider putting a label or a luggage tag on anything precious or better yet on everything, while you are packing for the playa.
Think about the "real estate" area on the item. If you have a large space (big real estate) label the item with your name, phone number, email address, Facebook page and playa camp location if you are sure of it.
If small real estate – label with minimum of name and phone number or e-mail address or other
reliable way to contact you. Airline counters are great places to get free luggage tags.
For cameras write up your contact info on a sheet of paper and take a photograph of it. Leave the image as the first one in your photo set, then, better yet, label the camera.
Take address labels with you so you can tag everything you didn't think you needed to tag. The mighty wind can whisk away the most essential items. Yes, we have had tarps, small tents, back packs and sleeping bags all turned into Lost and Found
Label everything you want to get back!
Consider leaving very precious items at home: your childhood bike, your great-grandmother's ring, or that special item of clothing that means so much to you.
They are the only thing we don't take at lost and found.
NOTE bike is considered lost until after the event. All bikes will be retrieved on Tuesday & Wednesday and sent to Yellow Bike facility
Avoid the headache of a lost bike!... simply lock your bike at all times. After your bike is stolen once, you probably will lock the next bike.
Get a hide-a-key box, put your vehicle key in it and hide it on your vehicle, where you'll remember where it is a week later
Lock up your wallets, passports, airline tickets in your vehicle, hide your spare key, and party/sleep easy.
Next, check your ID!
Many passports and drivers licenses are sent back to the owner every year, only to be returned because the owner has moved on.
Write your current address in permanent ink on your ID
For on playa travels, make a copy of your official ID and health insurance and carry it instead of the original.
How to find Lost & Found
We are behind Playa Info's shade structure, in the Center Camp key hole. We are open from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm every day.
Lost & Found will provide limited services: Labor Day (9/7) 1p-6p. & Tuesday (9/8) 9am-1pm
After (9/8) contact firstname.lastname@example.org
to look for a lost item
If you find a lost item, turn it into Lost and Found or to a roaming Playa Info Ambassador.
We also get the lost luggage from the airport.
Although our primary goal is to return as much stuff on playa to the rightful owners as we can, post-playa we take all of the remaining items back to BM in San Francisco.
5. Gate and Exodus
Getting There and Back | Burning Man
6 Please, Do Not Steal Signs. Please pass it on…
An official word from the BMORG:
Emergency Services rely on street signs to navigate our city when responding to emergencies and participants count on them to find their way around. All signs must remain in place through the Temple burn on Sunday night. Seriously folks, we need your help combatting the rampant theft of street signs early in the event. Recently signs are being stolen right when the gate opens. If you see this happening, say something!
And a love letter from BeeLine:
Hi there! I am the "administrator" for our camp and I have a request. I just spent the last four days volunteering at the Burning Man work Ranch at the sign shop. So much work goes on out there and so much work goes into creating and making the signs. It really is fun and so amazing. We all know the signs get stolen every year. The problem, that I don't think is thought through in the moment, during the act of, is that these signs are important for Medical Services to use in an emergency. We also know that more of the city is populated by theme camps than not, and theme camps get newsletters. I think getting the word out might be helpful. If theme camps spread the word about the importance of keeping the signs up and why, it might help. Theme camps located on corners could take ownership of their street sign and try to keep it standing at least till the end of the event! The sign shop folk don't mind that people get to take home such a cool souvenir, but it should be done when you're going home, at the end of the event! As the admin for our camp, I know I read the placement newsletters and pass on the info to my campmates, so I hope others do too. This community is a smart and productive one and I don't think anyone of us would want any of our campmates to have to wait any longer than necessary if they were in need of serious medical attention. So, my request is that maybe this could be put into a newsletter and see if we can't change the trend of when the signs get taken!
Thank you for all of your hardwork. I know from being on the inside of one the departments and volunteering over the past 15 years how much work goes into making the best city in the world happen!
Thank you for reading.
Hey - have another sip of water and see you sooon!!!
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.