SAFETY

During the summer season visitors should dress in light, comfortable clothing, wear comfortable shoes and use sunscreen. We recommended you carry a bottle of water with you. High temperatures and high humidity create higher risk of heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heatstroke. Most of the Historic site is out-of-doors and although not a great distance from an air-conditioned building, staying properly hydrated will help prevent these illnesses. During the fall visitors should have a light jacket available as temperatures can drop suddenly. Winter temperatures can be unpredictable, ranging from mild to extremely cold. Use this link for a five day forecast of local conditions.

INSECTS

The settlers wrote that at Jamestown “the air is alive with a buzz.” The same can be said today. Visitors should be prepared for this onslaught by wearing appropriate clothing and/or insect repellant. Here are a few insects to be mindful of:

Biting Deer Flies: mistakenly called “Mayflies.” These are most active in late Spring and can last throughout the summer.
Chiggers: are small red mites. Chiggers live in grassy areas so be sure you stay on the approved paths/trails to reduce the chance of being infected.
Mosquitoes: certain mosquitoes can be vectors of disease. Wearing repellant with DEET will reduce the chances of being bitten.
Gnats: these tiny flying insects travel in swarms and can be very annoying.
Ticks: there are several varieties of tick at Historic Jamestowne. Wearing insect repellant, tucking pants into socks, and inspecting for ticks after a visit is recommended.

 

LIGHTNING SAFETY


WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT BEING CAUGHT OUTSIDE IN A THUNDERSTORM
  1. All thunderstorms produce lightning and are dangerous.
  2. There is no safe place outside in a thunderstorm. Plan ahead to avoid dangerous lightning storms.
  3. Lightning is associated with heavy rain and hail but it often strikes outside of it's area.
  4. Lightning can strike as far as 10 miles from any rainfall.
Head To Safety Early
Monitor the weather. Look for signs of a developing thunderstorm such as...
  • Towering Clouds
  • Darkening Skies
  • Flashes of Lightning
  • Increasing Wind
When Thunder Roars, Go Indoors
If you hear a clap of thunder, a thunderstorm is within 10 miles (16 km). Do not wait;this is Mother Nature warning you that you need to IMMEDIATELY SEEK SHELTER such as...
  • A Building with Walls, Roof and Floor
  • Hard Top Vehicle
Wait Thirty Minutes
DO NOT go back outside until at least 30 minutes after last hearing thunder.

Last updated: June 17, 2017

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P.O. Box 210
Yorktown, VA 23690

Phone:

(757) 856-1200

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