Are You Prepared for Anything (Even Zombies)?

Whether you live in Seattle or Saratoga, being prepared is always important. Enter the Esurance Zombie Sweepstakes for your chance to win an emergency car kit with all the must-haves.

This week’s sweeps has ended. Comment on the most recent zombie blog post to be entered in the ongoing sweepstakes.

Zombies are coming!

Last week, we launched the Esurance Zombie Sweepstakes.* Tell us what you think should be included in a zombie survival kit and be entered for a chance to win your own emergency car kit, useful in a variety of unexpected situations.

Though we can’t say with any certainty that walkers will one day wreak havoc on the world, we can absolutely guarantee that winter is coming and with it, all kinds of crazy weather. Are you ready?

Why you should be prepared

If you take a look at this map from the New York Times, you can see that Mother Nature poses some kind of threat no matter where you live. From hurricanes on the Eastern Seaboard, tornadoes throughout the Midwest, and earthquakes on the West Coast, anywhere you hang your hat has some potential for crisis. In fact, the U.S. receives more severe weather than any other country in the world.

There have already been 538 confirmed tornados in the U.S. this year. Plus, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is predicting that 2013 will be an “extremely active” hurricane season on the Atlantic. And, according to Farmers’ Almanac, the upcoming winter will be cold, cold, cold.

So whether you’re in Raleigh or Topeka (or even somewhere in the shaky state of California) everyone everywhere should be prepared. It can’t hurt, right?

The Zombie Sweepstakes

We can help you get ready. At Esurance, we always do our best to provide useful info, so this month (National Preparedness Month), we’re giving away 100 emergency car kits to arm you with some of the basics you might need to survive anything from a hurricane to a blizzard to, yes, the undead.

To enter, just comment below telling us what you think is the most important thing to have in case of an emergency (aside from food, water, and some type of weapon … for the zombies).

Each week in September, we’ll give away 25 premium emergency car kits. Comment on the most recent zombie blog post to be entered in that week’s sweepstakes.

Plus, your comment will also automatically enter you for a shot at the grand prize — a trip for 2 to zombie training camp in Portland, Oregon, $2,000 in travel money, and 2 nights in a hotel.

Comment to enter

Comment below to be entered and check out last week’s conversation regarding what’s important and what’s not when it comes to the end of the world. And hey, if you don’t win, come back next week and try again.

Sorry, New Yorkers! You aren’t eligible to win due to regulations in your state. But we encourage you to create your own emergency car kits to be prepared for anything.

Stuff our legal team makes us say

*No purchase necessary to enter or win. A purchase will not increase your chances of winning. The “Sweepstakes Period” begins 9/3/13 at 12:00 p.m. PT and ends 9/30/13 at 12:00 p.m. PT. This Sweepstakes consists of four (4) independent weekly sweepstakes (each a “Weekly Sweepstakes”) beginning 9/3, 9/9, 9/16, and 9/23 and ending at the start of the next Weekly Sweepstakes. Subject to full Official Rules. Open to all of the U.S. (excluding New York) 18+. Limited to one (1) entry per person, per email address per Weekly Sweepstakes. Void where prohibited. Sponsored by Esurance Insurance Services, Inc. 650 Davis Street, San Francisco, CA 94111. Odds of winning depend on number of eligible entries received.

442 Responses to “Are You Prepared for Anything (Even Zombies)?”

  1. Rosilyn B. Tyus
    September 18, 2013 #

    Generator, bottled water, can food, a backup plan of staying with the family that's not going through this right now, and of coarse Professor on Gillian's Island. It was only supposed to been a two hour tour.

  2. Lauren
    September 18, 2013 #

    Going through Sandy last year I know I need just to carry a flashlight, fire starter, radio and cash. If you had a place to stay then we can throw in other stuff.

  3. Annalisa
    September 18, 2013 #

    Solar lights that you put in your yard is really good item to have. Because they don't use batteries you can put them outside to charge and at night bring them in the house and wow you now have solar lights in your home and don't have to worry about batteries and it saves you money

  4. Allison Cornelius
    September 18, 2013 #

    Water would definitely be my #1 priority, but a car charger for my phone, calorie dense foods, and perhaps a book or games to keep me occupied.

  5. Tom
    September 18, 2013 #

    first aid kit.

  6. Cynthia Chadwick
    September 18, 2013 #

    Insurance was the first thing we made sure we had. Batteries, flashlight, flares, matches, thermal sheet for protection of weather and used for other things.

  7. Joshua W.
    September 18, 2013 #

    A good quality knife. 550 paracord. A will to survive.

  8. Nathaniel Otterson
    September 18, 2013 #

    The "Infinity Crossbow, Walking Dead Series," is what you want in a Zombie invasion. However, for all other non-Hollywood emergencies, below is a list of essentials:
    First Aid kit
    Multi-tool (such as a "Leatherman")
    Wool blanket
    Flashlight and, UNEXPIRED batteries
    Flares, Safety vest and Hazard Triangle
    Notepad and pen
    Canned food and can opener, several Energy Bars
    Crazy glue
    Scissors, Knife, or Box-cutter
    Several tools (screw drivers, wrench, etc.–space permitting)
    Cash, small amount (both, bills and change)
    Engine Oil, funnel and paper towels (or rags)
    And let's hope you happen to have a fully charged cell phone!

    I'm sure I could make a much more exhaustive list, but won't. Safe travels, Zombie-Killers!

  9. Derek O'Reilly-Jones
    September 18, 2013 #

    Trained disaster gerbils to sniff out water and edible foodstuffs…. and to be darned cute while'st doing it. :)

  10. Michael Bollard
    September 18, 2013 #

    Hand crank light, knife, steel wool and a 9v, water proof matches, first aid kit, water purification, and the best one is your mind, prepare for the worst.

  11. Dylan
    September 18, 2013 #


  12. Debra
    September 18, 2013 #

    I'm not ready yet, I need this kit, but my daughter does have a Zombie Hunter sticker on her window, I guess I should stay with her. The closest I have is a picnic blanket, does that count?

  13. Raechelle Rucker
    September 18, 2013 #

    One of the most important items you will need, believe it or not, are condoms to collect fresh water. Bottom line an un-hydrated body is a useless body.

  14. Sara Engels
    September 18, 2013 #

    I would bring seeds so I could get set up in a safe place (like a prison) and then be able to grow food so I wouldn't have to leave the grounds :)

  15. Rebeca Kerns
    September 18, 2013 #

    I would need a flashlight! And water.

  16. Lisa
    September 18, 2013 #

    Bottled water, gas can, blanket, protein bars, and a big stick! And if it is zombies a pair of sensible shoes. You don't have to be the fastest, just faster than your partner.

  17. Dave Forte
    September 18, 2013 #

    Jugs of water , flint , a Bible , A metal bat(for brain bashin'), a REALLY good hunting knife , a Hummer H-1 , manual crank pump & hose to get fuel ,a webber kettle grill , kinsford matchlite charcoal & BEER , BEER , BEER.

  18. Susan LeMeur
    September 18, 2013 #

    Lots of water, blankets, crackers, moist wipes, toilet paper and books.

    September 18, 2013 #

    Bible, batteries, matches, cover, shoes…ESURANCE! :)

  20. sonia texas
    September 18, 2013 #

    ; plenty of water,canned food,unparisheble food, lighters, xtra battery, flash light,radio that works with no batery, guns and ammunition, silver, gold in case of the dollar to collapse, sollar generator, wod stove.

  21. michael nguyen
    September 18, 2013 #

    If you watched zombieland, you want a loaded redneck and a bat. LOL!

    As for as natural disasters, you always want a backpack. You'll need it to scavenge all the things you come along.

  22. Nicole B
    September 18, 2013 #

    a weapon, first aid kit, and a change of socks

  23. John
    September 18, 2013 #

    duck tape and a pair of vice grips is all I need ….bring the zombies on

  24. Michelle
    September 18, 2013 #

    1. Machete
    2. Lighter
    3. Water

  25. Danica
    September 18, 2013 #

    flashlight, headlamp, matches, candles, blanket, canned goods, water, battery operated radio, flares, rope, knife, meal replacements, first aid kit

  26. hugo .m
    September 18, 2013 #

    Water and a 45

  27. Jason P.
    September 18, 2013 #

    Lemon Pledge, because there's going to be a lot of cleaning up to do.

  28. Jensine Chapman
    September 18, 2013 #

    Water and iodine tablets, canned and dry food for at least three days, first aid kit including large bandages, candles, a lighter and a kinetic powered flashlight, a kinetic powered radio, a knife, and a hatchet

  29. Kellie EEsterline
    September 18, 2013 #

    In winter…water, coffee can with large candle and matches, high protein snacks, heavy blanket, shovel, kitty litter (in case you get stuck – put under tire for traction), winter boots.

  30. Friend R
    September 18, 2013 #

    Duck Tape, Duck Tape, Duck Tape, bottle water, energy bars, emergency blanket, knife, first aid kit

  31. kat
    September 18, 2013 #

    a "What if" PLAN but most important is to actually implement your plan and do regular drills to insure you and your family are prepared both mentally and phyically… thus being prepared not to panic but to take action quickly and safely.