All of this is extremely prudent. I, however, have an overdeveloped sense of greed.
loot and scoot.
The voice of greed in our head sounds like it's convincing the voice of prudence.
Come to think of it, that one order-giving dwarf said that something had triggered an alarm and killed a dog, so everyone was supposed to be in burrows. They're probably not doing burials during the emergency with whatever that big scary thing is. So we should have plenty of time to check for interesting clues and useful items shiny goodies.
Those tablets are probably written in complex runes that as a dabbling reader we wouldn't understand anyway. But maybe we can improve our skill?
(And with our engraving skill we could leave behind some kobold wisdom for the dwarves to find. Such as an illustrated guide to sneaking, e.g. successive pictures of us performing a flawless dodge and roll.)
The tablets are blank. You find three gold coins to loot and a chisel!
You engrave all three steps of a sneak-dodge-roll maneuver onto one of the tablets.
Succession Engraving Time
You are about to finish filling the tablet when you hear noise coming from the staircase.