My family's readiness was tested this morning at about 4:41am. The burglar alarm went off and within a few seconds, I had my Glock 19 out of the bedside safe and took up a position at the top of the steps (all bedrooms are upstairs). The kids executed their emergency plan brilliantly, the 14 year old getting his 9 month old brother and the 10 year old shuffling her 4 year old sister to safety. We have a Protect America alarm system, which has two way communication with the monitor station. I confirmed my identity and the situation with the guy from the top of the stairs and proceeded down with my wife, her .38 in hand, covering the steps. The upstairs alarm panel indicated a breach at the garage door, and I found it was indeed wide open. The garage windows were secure as we're the exterior car doors. I'm not sure what happened, it was all really weird. I'm thinking poltergeist! Anyway, main points are we had a plan, we executed perfectly, and I managed to get my weapon out of the combination safe in the pitch dark! Oh, and I didn't have to kill anyone.