POrtalBurn FAQ’s

 

What, where, and when is POrtalBurn 2021?

POrtalBurn 2021 is the official Upstate NY Regional Burn! It’s a weekend long event held on private property at 81 Keller Road, Hannibal NY 13074. The event starts at 12 pm on Friday, September 3 and ends at 12 noon on Monday, September 6. Tickets must be purchased in advance. Do not show up without a ticket.

The Ten Principles of Burning Man are our guiding principles. Please learn them and take them to heart befirefore your arrival. It’s the key to ensuring a successful and joyous burn for everyone. You can learn more about them on the Burning Man website: http://burningman.org/culture/philosophical-center/10-principles/

How and when are tickets being sold, and how much do they cost?

POrtalBurn 2021 ticket sales will open on July 13 at 7pm eastern. Tickets are $70 (plus a small service fee). Tickets will be sold using Burner Tickets. The link will be posted on the www.portalburn.org homepage when ticket sales go live.

Go here to sign up for a Volunteer shift when purchasing your ticket. POrtalBurn cannot happen without volunteers!

IMPORTANT: You must print out your ticket and bring it with you, or have a mobile ticket on your device before you arrive. Mobile reception will be spotty, we cannot guarantee there will be reception. There will be no exceptions.  No tickets will be sold on-site, and no ‘gift tickets’ will be held by Gate Volunteers. DO NOT SHOW UP WITHOUT A TICKET.

Is there a ticket cap?

Yes. The ticket cap is currently set at 250. After all volunteer slots are filled, and based on demand, we may opt to raise the cap.

How many tickets can I purchase at once?

Two (2) per buyer. We are limiting sales to two tickets per person to prevent ticket hoarding, and provide sufficient opportunity for people who want them and have signed up for a volunteer slot.

Are there comp tickets or reserve tickets available?

There are no comp tickets. Every attendee, including Board members and Leads, will pay for their ticket.

There will be a limited number of reserve tickets held to ensure individuals who are critical to making the event happen are able to attend. This will include, but may not be limited to, BOD, Leads, Art Grant Recipients and the Effigy Builder. If you are a recipient of a reserve ticket, a reserve ticket link and password will be provided to you to purchase your personal ticket.

Can I buy a ticket at the gate?

No. Bring your hard copy or a mobile ticket with you. We will need your ticket number.

Is there will-call for tickets?

No. Bring your hard copy or mobile ticket with you. We will need your ticket number.

What if I forget my ticket or can’t find it?

Don’t forget your ticket. We do not have an electronic ticketing system in place. You must print out and bring your hard copy ticket with you or have your mobile ticket on your device. We will need your ticket number. Don’t count on getting cell service at the site. Download your ticket in advance.

If you cannot locate your ticket, contact Burner Tickets directly for support.

How do I sell/transfer my ticket to another person?

You need to manage your own ticket sale and transfer. You can transfer tickets through Burner Tickets. If you need assistance, contact Burner Tickets. When arriving at POrtalBurn, we will only need your ticket number. We do not track based on the name on the ticket.

TO TRANSFER A TICKET

  1. If you have purchased a ticket and wish to transfer it, click on “My Events/Transfers” on the top menu.
  2. Find the ticket you wish to transfer, and click the transfer button
  3. Fill out the email address of the user you wish to transfer to, and click “Transfer”
  4. You should see the transfer as “Pending”. The person you are transferring to should receive an email within 30 minutes. The email will contain a link to accept the transfer. Once the transfer is complete, the ticket will no longer display on your “My Events” page.

TO RECEIVE A TICKET

  1. You will receive an email to accept/deny the ticket transfer. Click “Accept/Deny” in the email.
  2. Log into your BurnerTickets account. If you do not have one, create one (using the same email).
  3. You will be taken to the accept/deny page. Verify the name on file for your Burner Tickets, click “Accept”.
  4. You should now see it on your “My Events” page. You will need that ticket for entry. No exceptions.

Any tickets sold must be at face value. Profiting from a ticket sale is strictly forbidden. This cannot be emphasized enough. If someone attempts to sell you a ticket for a profit, please email portalburnny@gmail.com immediately with the subject line ‘Ticket Sale Alert’.

Can I leave ‘gift tickets’ at the gate?

No. The Gate will not manage your ‘gift tickets’. It is not okay to suggest someone drive all the way to POrtalBurn with the expectation there will be ‘gift tickets’ awaiting them. This often results in participants being turned away at the gate. Not to mention it is unfair to expect volunteers to track and manage your gift ticket.

Radical Self-Reliance: If you have a ticket you cannot use, it is your responsibility to find a recipient and transfer the ticket to them before they arrive so they can provide the volunteer staff with their ticket. Transferring tickets is easy (see above). The recipient will need the ticket number. Anyone arriving without a valid ticket will not be granted entry.

I got a ticket, but need a ride! Is there a rideshare?

Yes! An awesome member of our POrtalBurn community created a rideshare group on FaceBook.  If you are seeking transportation, or have transportation to offer, this is a good place to inquire: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1045533418862310/. And thank you for ridesharing! We are asking everyone to carpool!

Can I arrive early (before noon on Friday)?

Only if you have prior authorization. If you are not approved for early arrival, do not show up before Noon on Friday. Early Arrival will be permitted for authorized individuals who are critical to making the event happen. This will include, but may not be limited to, Board members, Leads, Art Grant recipients and the Effigy Builder. Theme Camps may request early arrival if it’s critical for their setup. Email your request to portalburnny@gmail.com with the subject line ‘Early Arrival Request’ and tell us why you need early arrival. Do not arrive early unless you receive prior approval.

Can I stay late, after the event ends at Noon on Monday?

No. You need to be GONE BY NOON. Theme Camp Leaders are asked to have an ‘exodus plan’ to help ensure camp is broken down and gone when the event closes. Any attendees on-site after noon other than the DPW strike team will negatively impact our event financially.  We love you, we thank you… please leave by Noon.

Are there limited gate hours for arrivals?

Yes. New arrivals will be permitted entry only during Ticketing hours. Seriously – don’t arrive outside of Ticketing hours. Ticketing hours for 2021 are:

  • Friday Ticketing Hours: 12 Noon through Midnight
  • Saturday Ticketing Hours: 8am through 8pm
  • Sunday: Ticketing is closed; No new arrivals. Gate is open from Noon – 8pm for ticketed participants to depart and return if needed.

If you are departing the event site, you will be able to gain re-entry only during the hours above. There will be no traffic movement in or out of the event site during the Saturday and Sunday night burns; you can depart only after the burn is deemed ‘safe’ by our Fire Team. You may exit and enter on Sunday but there will be no entry for first arrivals. Plan your arrival accordingly.

Is POrtalBurn requiring proof of Covid vaccination or a negative test?

At this time, we are not. We are following NYS and Oswego County guidelines, which currently do not require proof of vaccination or a negative covid test. If the guidelines change, we will update our policy accordingly.

We encourage all participants to exercise good common sense when it comes to public health… as we believe it is our Civic Responsibility. With all we are learning regarding Covid variants, getting vaccinated is good common sense, and we hope everyone who is able to will get vaccinated prior to arrival. If you are unable or unwilling to get vaccinated, we suggest you wear a mask while in close proximity to others for your own safety, and for the good of the community. If you are unvaccinated, it would also be prudent to ensure you test negative for Covid prior to coming.

When we gather, we must all respect that every person has a different level of comfort, and their own unique circumstances. As always consent is key. Please ask permission to be in others personal bubbles, and be aware if someone is wearing a mask and honor their boundaries. 

Do I have to wear a wristband?

Yes. Everyone attending POrtalBurn will be given a wristband that must be worn at all times during the event. If your wristband is lost or damaged, go to the Gate for assistance. Anyone found without a wristband may be ejected from the event.

When you are given your wristband at Ticketing, you will be instructed to write: (1) Your real name, (2) Where you are camping, and, if applicable, (3) The name of the parent or guardian that is with you at the event. This information will help our MASH or Ranger volunteers immensely if emergency assistance is needed.

How close is parking to the event site?

Primary parking is near the event site entrance. Additional off-site parking is about a quarter mile down the road from the event site. You will be allowed to drive into the event site’s main lot to unload, then move your car to a parking area. If you arrive after dark, please use flashlights or headlamps while walking back to the event site. When you arrive, Parking volunteers will guide you. Parking will be tight – please carpool!

Are cars/trailers able to come on-site to load/unload?

Most of the open camping space is wooded, and does not have vehicle access, so it will be ‘walk in’ with a load/unload zone not far away. We will have some wagons available to help make it easier, but you are encouraged to bring your own wagons and handcarts as well.

Most placed Theme Camps will have vehicle access for loading and unloading. Parking Volunteers will manage the number of vehicles permitted in the theme camp space at any given time. Once unloaded, theme camp vehicles will need to be moved out of the event space to the primary parking area, unless they have been granted permission by our Placement Lead to park onsite.

Are RVs/Campers/Sleeping Vehicles welcome to park on-site?

Yes, but there is limited space. All RV, camper and sleeping vehicle placement must be requested and pre-approved (theme camp or not). If you do not have pre-approved on-site parking, you will need to park your vehicle in one of the main event parking lots.  Do not bring an on-site vehicle (camper, van, RV, etc) without prior authorization, and do not anticipate sleeping in your vehicle in the parking lot. Onsite sleeping vehicles will be in designated areas only and will be provided with an ‘On Site’ parking pass at the Gate. 

ON-SITE PARKING REQUESTS ARE OPEN! To request on-site vehicle parking go here.

The deadline for requests is 11:59pm Sunday August 8th.

Email our Placement Lead here if you have questions portalburnplacement@gmail.com.

Are art cars allowed?

Yes, though vehicle traffic throughout the event site is limited, and weather dependent. If you would like to bring an art car, please email the POrtalBurn BOD at POrtalBurnny@gmail.com with the subject ‘Art Car’ and your project name. We’ll need to understand the nature of your art car, and talk about safety and stuff.

Is there electricity on-site?

There is electricity in pavilion, however it will not be available for general camp use.  We anticipate the electricity will be used for activities in the pavilion, and our Safety Core volunteers.

Is there a pavilion?

Yes, and it’s awesome! It is central to the event space and can be reserved for events. The form to check availability and book the pavilion will be found here.

Can I bring a generator?

Yes. Please do whatever you can to mitigate sound, and be considerate of your neighbors. If a neighbor is bothered by your generator, be graceful and work it out. Do not run generator/power cords across walking/driving paths, and be conscious of positioning your generator safely if it’s in a wooded area. If you’re able to share gennie power with neighbors, it’s a beautiful thing.

Is there potable water on-site?

There will be potable water provided for our communal showers and fire safety team. We recommend bringing your own potable water for personal consumption and camp needs.

Are there showers on-site?

There will be a communal shower shelter in a central area using potable water provided by our hosts. In keeping with POrtalBurn tradition, it will be fucking cold! If you choose to set up your own shower system near your camp you are welcome to do so. Please be cognizant of any water run off and how it may affect the environment and other participants.

Reminder: This is a Leave No Trace event. Any soaps or shampoos MUST be environmentally friendly, biodegradable and non-toxic. Please do not leave your shower supplies behind as a ‘gift’. That’s just gross.

I see there’s a pond and a stream. What are the rules?

While it is very pretty, the pond is not suitable for humans. Swimming or floating is not allowed in the pond and it will be strictly enforced. There is a lovely stream that runs throughout the property, though it’s not really conducive to swimming. Do not use the stream for dumping waste. This is a Leave No Trace event. And beware of beavers. They are territorial. If you encounter them, give them their space and do not engage. And hide your shoes… we hear they like to steal shoes.

Where can I get water, gas and supplies? What about ice?

Ice will be available on site from Friday afternoon through most of the weekend. There will be a freezer near the pavilion stocked with bags. Recommended minimum donation is $3 per bag. Please avoid driving to town, and restock your ice on site. Any extra proceeds will benefit POrtalBurn Art Grants for 2022!

Other than ice, no amenities or supplies will be sold at POrtalBurn. On-site vending is prohibited. There are a variety of stores within 15 minutes of the event site. Google is your friend, plan accordingly.

Where do I pitch my tent? Tell me about the space!  

We are super excited about returning to this site! We will have designated areas for theme camps, open camping and some ‘quieter’ space. If you want really, really quiet, you should probably bring ear plugs. The majority of open camping will be in the woods, and there is a main field that will be used mostly for theme camps and big art. A site map will be posted prior to the event showing designated areas.

If you are open camping in the woods, be prepared to clear some ground space for your tent, and bring a tarp. We will have rakes on site you can borrow, but if you can bring one to share it would be grand. If you want to set up a shelter within your camp, it is totally doable… but the bigger the shelter, the more challenging it may be to find adequate space. Most open camping is shaded by trees, so sun protection shouldn’t be much of a concern. Be sure to look up for widowmakers when setting up camp… avoid tenting under trees that have precarious limbs. Also be on the lookout for poison ivy, which seems to be more prevalent in the quieter open camping areas behind the pond.

The woods get dark at night! We highly encourage you to bring the bling and light up the woods and make it magical. Illuminating pathways invites participation!

Can I have an fire at my campsite? What are the fire rules?

Yes, you can have a burn barrel or elevated fire pit. All fire pits, flame effects, fire circles, and propane/gas powered flames will be checked by our Fire Team. If there are any safety concerns, you must address them. Period.

Campfires must be at your campsite, raised off the ground, in a contained barrel or elevated fire pit, and must be monitored at all times. Do not leave any fire unattended. Period.

Camps with fire must have a fire extinguisher (5 pound, ABC type) or 5-gallon filled water-bucket readily available. 

DO NOT bring outside firewood. This region is highly sensitive to the Emerald Ash Borer (a disastrous invasive species that is tightly monitored) and wood from outside of the immediate area is prohibited. As part of your ticket price, POrtalBurn will provide locally obtained wood for the effigy burn, camp burn barrels, and fire pits.

There will be a designated ash dump at the main burn pad. When you leave, you must dispose of any ashes from your burn barrel or fire pit responsibly. Do not discard any ashes or embers anyplace other than the designated ash dump.

Can we use fireworks or pyrotechnics?

Only fountain type fireworks may be used, and ONLY in burnable art.  You must request approval BEFORE the event by emailing portalburnfire@gmail.com  If you are unsure if your effects fall into this category, contact portalburnfire@gmail.com  Our Fire Team should know about any pyrotechnics you have planned, and depending on the nature of your project, you may require placement.  All burnable art will be inspected by the Fire Lead BEFORE it is set ablaze.  Any pyrotechnic devices NOT previously approved by the Fire lead will be confiscated, and disposed of.  You may be subject to expulsion from the event at the BODs discretion.

Can we use flame effects?

Yes, but you’ll need request placement using the Theme Camp/Placement form here. Your project must follow Fire Safety Guidelines (under development for 2021). The bottom line – if you’re bringing flame effects, you need to be placed.

Can we spin fire (poi, staff, hoop, etc)?

Hell yes! Fire spinning is encouraged in open, safe, and designated areas. Do NOT spin fire in the woods. If theme camps wish to host a fire circle they must make sure the area has been cleared of debris and flammable objects. Fuel should be stored in an appropriate fuel dump safely outside the fire circle. Every fire performer is expected to have a designated safety, fire blanket and fire extinguisher.

Will there be a conclave?

We hope so! We love our fire spinners and hope you organize yourselves onsite so we can make this happen! If someone wants to assume a leadership role in this, we encourage you to do it. Contact our Fire Lead to get the fire ball rolling portalburnfire@gmail.com!

Will there be an effigy burn?

Yes! We will burn an effigy on Saturday night and are seeking applications for an effigy builder.

ART GRANTS ARE OPEN! Apply for a grant here. The deadline is July 30. If you have questions please contact our Art Lead here: portalburnarts@gmail.com

Can we make other burnable art?

Yes! ART GRANTS ARE OPEN! Apply for an Art Grant here. The deadline is July 30.  If you don’t need a grant and just want to burn your art, contact Fire Leads (portalburnfire@gmail.com). Our leads will help you make sure your project meets fire safety guidelines as well.

What are the Fire Safety Guidelines?

You’ll find guidelines for Fire Safety, Inspections, and Burn Barrels here.

I want to make art. Tell me more about art!

ART GRANTS FOR 2021 ARE OPEN! Go here to apply for an Art Grant. The deadline is July 30.

If you want to bring art to be placed, but don’t need a grant, our Placement Lead can help you get your art placed. Go here for information.

All flaming art must be placed, either through the Art Grant process, or through a Placement request. It can be part of your Theme Camp application, or you can request placement just for your project.

All Artist’s are asked to provide an ‘Artist’s Statement’ for any placed art. All Artists should review the POrtalBurn Art Practices (PAP), located here, to learn more about art at POrtalBurn.

If you have any questions about bringing your art to POrtalBurn, please contact our Art Leads at portalburnarts@gmail.com.

What is funded by an art grant?

If you want to know the finer details about selection and funding for projects, please see the Art Grant FAQs here.

How do the art projects get selected?

We have an Art Committee comprised of awesome volunteers from the POrtalBurn community! If you are interested in being on the Art Committee, please email portalburnarts@gmail.com with the subject ‘Art Committee’.

Will there be POrtalPotties?

Yes there will! If it didn’t come out of your body, don’t put it in the potty. Single ply TP only. Please use them responsibly.  Wanna decorate one to make the potty experience better for everyone?  Apply for a grant HERE!

Will there be sound camps?

Yes! It’s a burn.

What is the sound policy?

Any camp with amplified sound must apply for Theme Camp Placement. Go here to apply (coming soon). Sound camps are expected to honor the following guidelines:

  • Position speakers and adjust levels so sound is contained to your camp and doesn’t bleed into other camps or open camping.
  • Consult with your neighboring camps when positioning speakers to avoid conflict.
  • Bass often travels farther than the event. If there is a neighbor complaint, we will ask you to turn down your bass at night, or possibly turn off your subs.
  • If you are asked by a neighboring camp to lower your sound, we expect you to resolve the issue amicably. If you are not able to resolve it, find the BOD on Call for assistance.
  • During the event, sound will be monitored by event volunteers. If you are asked to adjust your sound by someone in an official capacity, you are expected to comply. Find the BOD on Call if assistance is needed.

Sound turndown is between 2am and 10am (74 decibels measured at 50’ from the sound source). The BOD on Call has db meters available if you need help gauging an appropriate sound level. This is just a guideline. Even if you are within the decibel range, you may still be asked to turn it down if the situation warrants it. Sound carries in unpredictable ways, so on-site judgement calls may happen. Let’s work together!

The full Sound Policy is here. The POrtalBurn Sound Policy may be updated as the event unfolds, as deemed necessary. Sound Camps will be informed if changes arise, and will be expected to comply. Failure to comply with sound management requests may result in the camp losing sound privileges for the remainder of the event and possibly losing future sound privileges. Don’t be that person… we want your sound! Any questions about Sound Policy, please email portalburnny@gmail.com to discuss.

How do I sign up to be a Theme Camp? Do I need placement?

When you apply to be a Theme Camp you can also requesting placement, which means you will have a designated space and be included on the site map. You can still be a Theme Camp and not request placement… you’ll just need to find space in open camping, and won’t be on the site map, but will be listed in our online HELP Guide. 

Who requires placement? Sound Camps, and camps with flaming art projects. RV’s, Campers and sleeping vehicles must request placement also, even if they are not associated with a Theme Camp.

THEME CAMP APPLICATIONS ARE OPEN! To submit requests, go here.

The deadline for requests is 11:59pm Sunday August 8th.

Email our Placement Lead here if you have questions portalburnplacement@gmail.com.

How do I list an event?

Go here to submit your event (coming soon!).  If you need the Pavilion, the form to reserve the Pavilion is there too!

For a multitude of reasons, we will not be printing an Event listing this year. It will be made available prior to POrtalBurn so you can print it yourself. An Event listing will be posted at the TIT during POrtalBurn. You can add last minute events while on-site too!

Are pets allowed?

No, pets are not allowed. Go here for information about service animals.

Are children allowed? Do they need a ticket?

Yes, kids are allowed! Children 12 and under do not require a ticket. Minors 13 – 20 will require a ticket and will be provided an underage wristband. Participants 21 and over require ID and a ticket, and will be provided an adult wristband. POrtalBurn is a family event that welcomes participants of all ages.

People under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a 21+ parent or guardian, both at entry, and at all times during the event. Accept that YOU are responsible for the welfare of minors in your care. You should know where your minors are at all times, and be aware that some activities are adult–specific. At the very least, non–sexual nudity will happen, and it’s your responsibility to determine what your minors are exposed to.

For the protection of minors at POrtalBurn, all parents and guardians are required to register each minor in their care at the Gate. Please also write your name on the wristbands of the minors in your care. Failing to adequately supervise minors in your care is your fastest ticket out of POrtalBurn, as you may be immediately ejected without exception or recourse.

Who is responsible for monitoring minors at Theme Camps and events?

Parents and guardians are responsible for monitoring minors in their care at all times. If you or your camp is serving alcohol, you are responsible for checking wristbands of anyone you are serving to be sure that they are of legal age. This is worth repeating: If you are serving alcohol, you MUST check wristbands. Do not serve minors. Period.

Is nudity allowed?

Yes.  Nudity is allowed within the event space only.  Nudity is not allowed at the Gate, entrance road, parking area, or any area that is visible to the general public outside of event attendees.

Do New York State laws apply?

Yes. All New York State laws including those regarding drugs and alcohol apply. Upstate New York POrtalBurn Arts, Inc. (UNYPA) does not condone ANY illegal activity. While we are creating a temporary community with its own rules, this community coexists within an area of real laws.

Will there be dumpsters, trash cans, or trash removal of any kind?

No. This is a 100% pack it in, pack it out event. You are responsible for every piece of trash you generate. It is our Civic Responsibility to ensure our event does not negatively impact the community around us. DO NOT dump your trash at local businesses. It jeopardizes the future of our event.

Have a ‘camp trash plan’. Discard product packaging prior to arrival. Bring trash bags. Embrace reusable supplies. Burn your burnables. Avoid glass containers. Collect your recycles. Bring your own portable ashtray. Keep trash and food in your camp covered and closed to avoid attracting wildlife. Leave No Trace means you pack it out with you. Do not leave your trash bagged up expecting POrtalBurn volunteers to deal with it. Camps who fail to Leave No Trace may not be granted placement at future POrtalBurns. Open campers… we see you too. DPW will conduct a final moop sweep and publish a moop map. Please make our moop map pretty!

Is there cell service?

From what we’ve experienced, it’s spotty at best. It’s mostly dead zones, but if you walk around the site there are some spots where you can get service.

Can I take pictures or videos?

Participants understand they may be photographed at POrtalBurn, and that consent must be obtained for all photography, film, or video at the event. Any person identifiable in the image or video must express consent to be photographed or filmed, and photographers must destroy any image or video at the subject’s request, even if prior consent had been granted.

Participants understand that it is prohibited to take photos or videos of a camp or person if a ‘No Photos’ sign is posted, or at an event where a ‘No Photos’ policy has been announced.

Participants understand and accept that no use other than personal use of images, film, or video obtained at the event may be made without prior written permission from Upstate New York POrtalBurn Arts, Inc (UNYPA) and the written permission of any persons identifiable in the images, film or video.

Is the event site accessible for wheelchairs or people who are mobility impaired?

Somewhat, but we cannot assure it. The event site does not have paved roads. The main theme camp field and RV space is pretty flat and accessible, weather permitting. There are some established paths through the woods, but most are fairly rugged, with inclines. Open camping will be in the wooded areas, and will all be walk in camping. We welcome all participants, however we cannot assure accessibility to all areas of the venue. We will have at least one wheelchair accessible porta potty, and will do our very best to accommodate needs. If you have a need or concern, please contact us for additional information at POrtalBurnny@gmail.com.

What kind of ‘survival supplies’ do I need to bring?

The event space is a natural area that consists of a mowed field and wooded areas, with a stream that runs throughout. Practice Radical Self-Reliance. Bring your bug spray, spf and personal first aid needs. Be aware of ticks, and do daily tick checks. Learn what poison ivy looks like, and don’t touch the fuzzy vines. Much of the space may be rugged paths in the woods. Stable shoes are your best friend. Bring clothing appropriate for warmth and protection. Bring whatever water, food, and necessities you need for the duration of your stay.

If you are in open camping or placed in a wooded area, we suggest bringing a rake. It is likely you will want/need to clear space for your tent and surroundings. We will have rakes on site you can borrow, but if you can bring one to share with others it would be appreciated.

I’m a POrtal/Burn Virgin. Am I going to be sacrificed?

You will be greeted warmly by our Greeters at the Gate. They will acculturate you on the Ten Principles to help you make the best of your experience. Get involved, and don’t be afraid to ask questions on the POrtalBurn Facebook Discussion Group. Since you’re reading this, you’re off to a great start! Be sure to familiarize yourself with the Ten Principles of Burning Man here.

Will there be medical services available onsite?

All POrtalBurners are expected to be self reliant. This includes bringing any and all supplies you might need, such as OTC medication, first aid supplies, sunscreen, etc. We will not have a staffed MASH camp. No medical services will be available. There will be a radio located in the self-serve First-Aid station. Rangers will be on duty and can help facilitate getting medical assistance if needed.

The nearest hospital facility is approximately 16 minutes away: Oswego Hospital, 110 W 6th St, Oswego, NY 13126

Who are Rangers?

Rangers are helpful, clear-headed participants and non-confrontational volunteer mediators. They are not cops and not your mom, but good people to find if you need help! You can spot them in their super swanky khaki clothing. The TIT (The Information Tent) can radio a Ranger if one is needed.

How do I sign up to volunteer?

Glad you asked! Volunteer sign ups will be posted HERE. Once on-site you can also visit the TIT – The Information Tent, to see the volunteer schedule and sign up for open shifts. This event cannot happen without volunteers! Repeat: POrtalBurn is a Volunteer driven event. Without YOU, POrtalBurn cannot happen. Just do it. You know you want to. C’mon… click it and sign up!

Who are the Board members and Leads for POrtalBurn?

Please visit our webpages for an updated list of Who’s Who for POrtalBurn and Leadership.

Is Upstate New York POrtalBurn Arts, Inc. (UNYPA), the Leads or coordinators of POrtalBurn, or the landowner responsible for my safety and well being before, during or after the event?

No. You are responsible for your own health, safety and well being at all times before, during and after the event. You will be asked to sign a waiver on arrival clarifying any liabilities.

What if I have more questions that aren’t answered here?

If your question is specific to a department, please contact the appropriate Lead. You can find their emails here. You can also post to the POrtalBurn FB discussion group here where many questions get answered by the community.  If you need to reach the BOD, you can email POrtalBurnny@gmail.com.

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