I went out to lunch today, with a coworker, in Královo Pole. All of a sudden the city's air raid sirens went off. I didn't know if the Russians were invading again or what. Apparently, the sirens are tested at noon, on the first Wednesday of every month.
This came in to practice after the 2002 central European floods. The ČR had the worst floods in over a century and around 100 towns & villages were completely flooded. Another 350 were partly flooded and 220,000 people were evacuated from their homes while 15 people died. I'm told that the total losses were over 3 billion Euros (~$4.28 billion U.S.).
I wonder if they also interrupt TV & radio to test the emergency broadcast network? Hmmm...
5 days ago