We had a bit of a scare last night. I awoke at 04:00 to the sound of our dog barking in her kennel, beeps (not alarm) from our alarm system, and almost total darkness and (aside from dog and alarm) silence. We quickly ascertained that the power was out.
One kid (2 y/o) was in bed with us because of bad dreams. The other (4 y/o) was in her room at the other end of the hallway. Immediately I got my carry gun out of the lockbox and grabbed my SureFire flashlight. I checked the hall and looked downstairs from outside our bedroom door, using only the ambient moonlight. I can see 70% of our downstairs from there. The dog calmed down when she saw me. I listened intently and watched for several minutes and heard and saw nothing.
I went to my daughter's room to check on her, and found her awake from the dog's barking. I tried to tell her to stay in her room and be quiet, but she wouldn't, she wanted to know what was going on. I heard my wife saying to send her over, so I did. I checked again from upstairs using the flashlight, and then cleared the rest of the house without event. The alarm was beeping to warn that AC power was off, it was on backup power.
Now, my wife had access to several other firearms during this time, but could not see a thing because the power was out. I already picked up some LED maglights today. We have some other takeaways from the incident, including some changes to our nighttime home invasion plans (didn't account for lack of power, kids in different rooms). Other than that, any additional thoughts or suggestions?