I have my Minimote’s four “Press” buttons set to “Change to Home”, “Change to Night”, “Toggle Alarm”, “Turn on Sonos”. So, when I go to bed I press Button 2; when I wake up, I press Button 1 (this will, obviously, change modes which is necessary to activate/deactivate alarms and Sonos for the door sensors and motion sensors). If the alarm goes off when I’m asleep and Sonos, I can turn off the alarm with a press of Button 3. Then, I can put on my glasses, unlock my iPhone, wait for the 5 to 15 seconds for the app to be responsive, and check my house’s sensors.
This also works for the “panic alarm” you asked for. I don’t need push notifications/SMS if I’m home and the alarm goes off: I just want to be able to toggle an alarm.
Now I just have to explore some more to see if I can get the Minimote to toggle the Sonos. The SmartApp Button Controller only turns the Sonos on; I’d like a button to work like the Siren and act as a toggle.