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. Avatar for Heidi Wallis
    Rick Cook
    September 12, 2013 #

    first is gathering family and friends….you have a better chance with a trusted group- have the basics to survive away from cities- water purification, hunting supplies, building tools for shelter ..tough clothing..camping supplies….think civilazation 1700's…..youre on your own…be prepared….

  2. Avatar for Heidi Wallis
    Nino Floro
    September 12, 2013 #

    For me, the two things I can never enter a survival situation without – zombie or not – are some type of fire starter (I prefer the magnesium and flint combo) and a study locking multi-tool.

    Aside from those, you should always bring a slightly slower person that you can easily outrun….

  3. Avatar for Heidi Wallis
    September 12, 2013 #

    water and a machete, maybe a crossbow. learn from the walking dead

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    Hannah Rall
    September 12, 2013 #

    I think that the most important thing to have in case of an emergency is a cell phone with cell phone service so that you can call for aid!!

  5. Avatar for Heidi Wallis
    Mosh Miller
    September 12, 2013 #

    A poncho liner, & a poncho. Good for shelter and staying warm, and can be made into a sleeping bag. 11B approved gear.

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      James Brady
      September 12, 2013 #

      Count me in!

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    Laura T
    September 12, 2013 #

    De'f need some matches! You need fire to make torches, flaming arrows and to cook your food is power goes out. ;)

  7. Avatar for Heidi Wallis
    September 12, 2013 #

    Chocolate. Seriously. Nothing brings focus and clarity to my mind like chocolate.

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    Louise Brouillette
    September 12, 2013 #

    Blankets, food, water.

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    Bill Pontius
    September 12, 2013 #

    I could use the Kit! I have nothing in my Car! Please I need help!

  10. Avatar for Heidi Wallis
    September 12, 2013 #

    The most important thing I would want with me is Daryl.

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    Colleen Babich
    September 12, 2013 #

    Bleach! That way you'll always have drinkable water

  12. Avatar for Heidi Wallis
    September 12, 2013 #

    I live in Arizona. A blanket is a must have in order to protect yourself from the sun or the scorching concrete when you get stuck outside during the summer!

  13. Avatar for Heidi Wallis
    September 12, 2013 #

    I've got my team assembled- but need supplies! :)

    • Avatar for Heidi Wallis
      September 12, 2013 #

      I think the most important supply is gasoline, a lighter and a blanket or two!

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    Leslie Fox
    September 12, 2013 #

    A lighter to set the zombie on fire.

  15. Avatar for Heidi Wallis
    September 12, 2013 #

    The most important thing is an emergency kit!!

  16. Avatar for Heidi Wallis
    Lori Walker
    September 12, 2013 #

    Ben Franklin said "an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure"

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    kathleen crowley
    September 12, 2013 #

    Duct tape – you can do so much with it! a baseball bat, and/or a good golf club. Water purification tablets, a crossbow, blankets, rain poncho, mre's, my dog, and my zombie proofed vehicle (my son and I have it all worked out LOL – but I still need an emergency kit!)

  18. Avatar for Heidi Wallis
    Taija Tevia-Clark
    September 12, 2013 #

    Obviously an umbrella and road flares are all you really need!

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    Terry Massey
    September 12, 2013 #

    I've stocked up on axes, straight razors, swords, and machetes! I need everything else!!

  20. Avatar for Heidi Wallis
    Ken Sharp
    September 12, 2013 #

    Love living on the beautiful Oregon Coast, but tsunami readiness is real! The first step is a PLAN, and that all the family members know the plan.