Welcome to ePlaya Guy!!
Burning Man is the best,worst and most amazing experience I have ever had. The conditions can be harsh. I have long suspected that the desert is trying to kill us, but for all the challenges we encounter, Burning Man is completely worth it.
Please check out the Survival Guide: http://survival.burningman.com/
If you are researching subjects, adding the word "eplaya" to your google search will point you to possible answers. (ie: "eplaya shade" or "eplaya food storage", etc...)
If you do not find answers, feel free to ask here on eplaya (be forewarned that there is a high potential of snark, but if you can ignore that, you will be informed
If you go into this with an open and adaptive attitude, you will have the time of your life!!