playla_wook, welcome to eplaya!!
It can be challenging to find the right people in person... It is hard to say how they will act on both the road-trip and once on the playa. That desert is a harsh bastard, heck, I think it is trying to kill us on a daily basis
Are you at all involved with your local burner group?? It seems that there is a BM regional rep close to you: http://regionals.burningman.com/us_ga_atl.html
My first burn was amazingly assisted by my local burner group.
Nothing you can read will really prepare you for the desert. In-person discussions will help you work things out. You need to be prepared for almost anything. It could be 120F, or 30F at night. There might be 12 hour dust storms with so much dust you cannot see your hand. or it could rain. Or, it is warm enough at night to run around naked... The altitude and lack of humidity beats most of us up. This alone makes Burning Man a survival experience. Of course it is completely doable, plan for the worst - hope for the best. (It is a lot easier to just grab that extra blanket than it is to wish you had one).
Your experience at burning man is what you make it. Please give yourselves a chance to accumulate to the environment and then explore. If you see someone that needs a hand, just help. If there is something you think needs to be done, do it... Bring some gloves. Tools if you are comfortable using them. Give a hug if someone looks like they need it. Sometimes a complement will change someone's day.
See ya on the playa....