Cracovians were alarmed to hear warning sirens across the city this morning, but it was only an exercise. Between 10:00 and 10:15, civil defence alarms were tested across the entire country as part of a terrorism-response exercise called Renegade-Kaper 13/II.The rising and falling tone, reminiscent of World War II air-raid warnings, sounded for about three minutes. At about 11am, sirens sounded the ‘all-clear’ signal – a continuous tone.
The sirens are tested twice every year, but not usually countrywide at the same time. An all-clear signal is sounded to commemorate the September 1, 1939, Nazi invasion of Poland every year. Renegade-Kaper 13/II is intended to test the ability of Poland’s armed and emergency services to respond to a terrorist attack, and is being held in advance of the Warsaw Climate Change Conference, November 11-22.