The typical day at the office is usually more or less the same. You log onto your computer, pour a cup of coffee, go to a few meetings, and try your hardest to avoid that co-worker that always wants to spoil the last season of “Game of Thrones.”

It’s business as usual Monday through Friday. What happens, though, when things go off the beaten path? If the weather starts getting bad or aliens invade the office, are you ready to deal with the situation?

No situation is too extreme. You may be shocked to know that all of these things below happened at the Quality Logo Products® office!

Here’s what you need to do to prepare for any situation, no matter how random it may seem.

#1: Something Catches on Fire

Do you remember the episode of “The Office” where Ryan accidentally starts a fire? If you don’t watch the show, he put a pita in a toaster oven and things got out of control fast.

What to Do

Now’s not the time to be a hero. Evacuate the building, call the fire department immediately, and take attendance to make sure everyone’s there. You should already have a spot you’ve agreed to meet ahead of time in case of a fire.

Possible Consequences

Your building and the equipment inside may have suffered serious damage that temporarily shuts down your company. If that’s the case, notify your customers via social media or press release and then work with your insurance, lawyers, financers, and anyone else who may be involved.

Here are a few helpful resources

  • U.S. Fire Administration – This website has a handy registry that includes all registered fire departments in the United States.
  • Office Fire Safety – Send this to your entire team and have them print it out and keep it at their desks.
  • Convergint Technologies – Ensure your fire alarms are working properly with an annual test done by certified technicians.

The Story at Quality Logo Products®

Somebody was heating up their leftovers after Thanksgiving and unknowingly put plastic in the toaster oven. Thankfully, no real damage was done and the employee was still able to enjoy their meal.


#2: The Ceiling Starts Leaking

Of course, fires from the toaster oven are only one of the things you might have to deal with. Imagine you’re typing out a report when all of a sudden there’s water dripping down above your cubicle. It’s gotten so bad that the entire marketing team is now doing a synchronized swimming routine to “Waterfalls” by TLC.

What to Do

Grab a few buckets or a long tarp to put under the leak, and ensure that no expensive equipment or furniture is sitting underneath. Get on Google to find a repair company or plumber near you.

Possible Consequences

Your ceiling could be out of commission for a few days. If that’s the case, consider giving your employees the option to temporarily work from home.

Here are a few helpful resources

  • Restoration Local – You can use this database 24/7 to find local contractors and get a free estimate. 
  • How to Fix a Leaking Ceiling – This Wiki Guide will walk you through fixing a small leak, step by step. There are even helpful pictures!
  • Harbor Freight – Get all the tools you need for fixing a leaky roof without breaking the bank!

The Story at Quality Logo Products®

Without any notice, the ceiling above our sales team started to drip water. It eventually got bad enough to completely cave in! The computers were safe and the salespeople jokingly opened custom umbrellas inside to continue working.


#3: An Animal Gets Through the Door

While it may seem super random, your office could one day look like a scene from Jumanji. It could be that a bird flew through an open window or snakes are slithering around in the breakroom. Take action before things get hairy (or hairier in this case). 

What to Do

As long as you’re not dealing with a crocodile or lion, you should be able to catch the animal safely. Recruit some people in the office to help guide the creature back into the great outdoors.

Possible Consequences

You might have to do some serious cleanup if things get really out of control. In that case, it might be worth hiring a cleaning company to help with the mess.

Here are a few helpful resources

  • Find a Shelter – Look into local shelters if a stray cat, dog, rabbit, or any other pet wanders into your office. 
  • Wildlife Removal – If the animal is too big to handle, you can bring in the professionals to help get it out of the office.
  • Molly Maid – This cleaning service has over 30 years of experience and is located all over the world. The best part – your estimate is free!

The Story at Quality Logo Products®

It’s been an open barn at Quality Logo Products® – dogs, cats, and even rabbits have hung out in the office. Some were brought along by employees, while others came in uninvited.



Check out the feathered friend that made himself right at home at Quality Logo Products®!

#4: The Toilets Overflow

It turns out, animals in the office are just one of the random happenings that could go down. Let’s say someone had one too many bean casseroles and the toilets aren’t working. It could be there’s just a problem with the plumbing. Either way, even the best plunger isn’t designed for that kind of toilet trouble!

What to Do

Your employees are going to have to use the restroom at some point. As a temporary solution, you can set up break times where people can walk to a nearby restaurant or store to do their business.

Possible Consequences

Ensure nobody takes advantage of these bathroom breaks by sending out an email ahead of time. Hygiene might also be at an all-time low, so keep a few extra hand sanitizers around the office.

Here are a few helpful resources

  • USA Plumbing – Find a plumber in your local area using this handy website directory.
  • Sustainable Supply – Do you need some replacement plumbing? Browse through this affordable selection!
  • World’s Largest Plunger – Share this with your team so they can have a good laugh at the situation.

The Story at Quality Logo Products®

Our toilets were completely out of commission for a week. The President of Quality Logo Products®, Bret Bonnet, had to order new pipes and the employees had to take turns going to a local restaurant, which got us a lot of random stares from the people sitting at the tables enjoying their food.


#5: Power Outage

Almost every office has encountered a power outage at some point. Sometimes the lights go off without a moment’s notice. Maybe the weather’s bad outside, the boss didn’t pay their utilities or cable, or someone really just wants to play office hide-and-seek.

What to Do

First, try the switch or resetting the power. If that doesn’t work, call the cable company and try to figure out what’s up. You should also invest in a few back-up generators so your employees don’t lose their work.

Possible Consequences


You may have a few lost dollars in terms of sales and productivity. Adjust your budget however you need to deal with this unexpected situation.

Here are a few helpful resources

The Story at Quality Logo Products®

The power has gone out at Quality Logo Products® on more than one occasion. Luckily, our IT department has invested in high-quality backup generators for the occasion.


#6: Bad Weather

I don’t know about your area, but in Chicago, we get snow even in mid-May. Bad weather could happen at any time! If a tornado, hurricane, earthquake, or any other extreme weather condition is predicted for your area, you need to be ready to handle it.  

What to Do

Create a dedicated space in your office in case of bad weather, such as tornados, hurricanes, and earthquakes. Ensure your employees don’t leave for the day if things get really bad. If you have to, offer to pay for a hotel or order shuttles to get them safely home.

Possible Consequences

The weather could knock out the power or cause the ceiling to leak. Luckily, you’ve been reading this article and know how to handle those pesky situations!

Here are a few helpful resources

  • Weather Channel – Stay up-to-date with the latest weather reports in your area.
  • Ready.gov – This website has preparedness guides for not only extreme weather conditions, but also cybersecurity attacks, pandemics, and other dangerous situations. 
  • Severe Weather Preparedness – Train your employees on what to do in any extreme weather conditions with helpful tips from the National Weather Service.

The Story at Quality Logo Products®

The Chicago snow got so out of control that the owners of Quality Logo Products® paid for employees to stay overnight at local hotels.


#7: You Get Locked Inside Your Office

This one may seem like a stretch, but this could easily happen to you! People make jokes all the time that work is like prison, but this takes it to a whole new level. Even if you don’t have an office door, the entrance into your building could get jammed or break at any time.

What to Do

Try not to panic. As long as you have your phone or computer handy, you should be able to get out safe and sound. You also have an office full of people who don’t want to hear you pounding on the door.

Possible Consequences

Are you the last to leave for the day? Shoot your boss an email explaining the situation and call a locksmith to help you get out of there. 

Here are a couple helpful resources

  • Locksmith Connections – Think of this like a dating app for finding local locksmiths. Simply enter your zip code and you’ll find someone who’s able to help you out at any hour.
  • Poki – You may as well pass the time with a fun game to play on your phone or computer.

The Story at Quality Logo Products®

The Copywriters (including your friend here who’s writing this piece) were locked inside of their office for a good 45 minutes. The burliest people in the building came to the rescue and knocked the door off the hinges.


At the end of the day, you can never be too careful. Everyone’s safety and security matters, so it helps to know how to handle any situation, even if it seems unlikely or extreme.

Hand sanitizer, non-perishable food, charging cables… this is the bare minimum of what should be in your kit. You can even customize these items with your company’s name and logo. That way you can take pride in the fact that you’re prepared for any crazy situation that comes your way!

Emergency preparedness is important in any office environment. Get your kit ready and talk to your employees so they know what to do if things hit the fan. It’s always better to be proactive than reactive.

Final Thoughts

Your office should have precautions in place for fire safety, extreme weather conditions, and power outages. Follow the protocol, and above all, remember not to freak out. There’s a way out of even the craziest situation if you keep your wits about you and prepare ahead of time.

Safety is always the most important, so feel free to share this article and all these resources with your team. You never know when they’ll come in handy!

About the author

Alyssa Mertes

Alyssa is a promo expert with over four years of experience in the industry. She is the Lead Copywriter at Quality Logo Products and has had work published for the Promotional Products Association International and the Advertising Specialty Institute.