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. Michelle Butler
    September 18, 2013 #

    Water, medication, food, matches.

  2. stacy
    September 18, 2013 #

    Zombie repellant!

  3. ERIKA
    September 18, 2013 #

    a gun, extra bullets, bat (just in case you run out of bullets), battery powered radio, a sharp knife, medical tape and anti bac oitment

  4. Chase May
    September 18, 2013 #

    Water, water is THE most important thing to have in case of an emergency. After that it would be a first aid kit and weapons.

  5. Veronica Morris
    September 18, 2013 #

    Everyone should have iodine drops for making water safe to drink and a lighter/flint and steel to start a fire for cooking and warmth.

  6. Sue
    September 18, 2013 #

    Duct tape, zip ties, first aid kit, ax, life vest.

  7. squirrelymama
    September 18, 2013 #

    Most important thing: warmth. Getting stuck in the winter is scary.

  8. Adrian V.
    September 18, 2013 #

    A katana! :P

  9. Marlene
    September 18, 2013 #

    water, granola bars, blanket, knife, lighter, matches, steel bat, map, radio, walki talkies, aspirin, first aid kit

  10. George
    September 18, 2013 #

    bottle of asprins.

  11. John Kluh
    September 18, 2013 #

    Shoot em in the brain. "Kill the brain – kill the ghoul".

  12. neal
    September 18, 2013 #

    Weird. How do they un-dead themselves

  13. Christine S.
    September 18, 2013 #

    Canned foods,water and matches. Oh, and of course duct tape.

  14. taleah S
    September 18, 2013 #

    uh .. no I realize that now that when I got the email it scared the hell out of me.. lol time to prepare for anything I see …

  15. Mark Schiavo
    September 18, 2013 #

    Check for good tire trends. Avoiding zombies could wear down your tires quick.

  16. Alexander Brown
    September 18, 2013 #

    A Flashlight is crucial.

  17. Immemah S.
    September 18, 2013 #

    Matchsticks, candles, blanket, satellite phone, first aid kit, batteries, flash light, and a hand knife

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  18. Megan Peterman
    September 18, 2013 #

    Duct tape, water, canned goods, and has for the generator

  19. Dana
    September 18, 2013 #

    God or whoever your higher power might be.

  20. Heather Egler
    September 18, 2013 #

    Non-perishable food supply,can opener, matches/lighter, self charging flash light, weapons of all kinds (blades, guns/ammo, bow/arrow), extra water supply, knowing how to clean contaminated water if supply runs out, bandages/first aid supplies as much as possible.

  21. Sally Hoffman
    September 18, 2013 #

    About a week's worth of the prescription medications (high blood pressure, cholesteral, thyroid)that I take daily to keep my body on track during this scary, challenging time.

  22. Yaya
    September 18, 2013 #

    a Mirror in case is a complety disaster, so rescuers can see you from sky if the hunted is by air.

  23. JK
    September 18, 2013 #

    ATV, water purifier, solar panel with 110v outlet, beef jerky, swiss army rescue tool, wind up flashlight, slingshot, harmonica.

  24. Ana Cruz
    September 18, 2013 #

    With Esurance, not only do you save money but you get survival skills. Insurance for the modern, and zombie filled, world.

  25. Eryka Wentz
    September 18, 2013 #

    Water and duct tape!

  26. Jared
    September 18, 2013 #

    I guess it depends on if the zombies are fast zombies or slow zombies. If slow, all you would need is a bat or machete. If fast, machine gun lots and lots of ammo. Unfortunately neither is a good scenario and your chances of survival would be very low, but if you get lucky you may have small chance.

  27. Deborah
    September 18, 2013 #

    Food, water, blankets, a crank powered radio, firestarter, first aid kit — and maybe a machete for zombies.

  28. Joanna Quinn
    September 18, 2013 #

    Portable DVD player to watch zombie movies in the car

  29. David Spearing
    September 18, 2013 #

    Leatherman style tool.

  30. Alex Romero
    September 18, 2013 #

    You will definitely need a flare gun, for cases where you get stuck in the middle of no where. A moon pie for laughs,flash light,lighter,a knife,a flat head, and a Phillips head,gloves,jumper cables,of course a couple of cones, a poncho,electrical tape, a couple bottles of water for your kids that are screaming when are we going to be there Dad, and while on the subject of kids if you are broke down maybe a snack,fix a flat… Unless you're like me and have nitro tires in which case that would not work! I think one cool thing if could be engineered in some way might be nice; let's just say you didn't fill up at the last gas station, and you are running out of gas, maybe somehow a sealed gas can to have more gas always in your trunk, so that way you are also not waiting on some tow truck company to come.

  31. April
    September 18, 2013 #

    Toilet paper!

  32. Chris Adlfinger
    September 18, 2013 #

    My wife Natalie, she's a true survivor!

  33. Kelsie N.
    September 18, 2013 #

    Besides food, water, and wepons some of the most important items would be lots of batteries for radio and flashlights, matches, blankets.

  34. David G
    September 18, 2013 #

    Multi tool. Duct tape. Lighter. And most importantly tp.

  35. Heather Ripley
    September 18, 2013 #

    Sure you can pack out water, but when it runs out a Filtration system of some kind is handy, as well as a light source with plenty of spare batteries, a blanket for cold nights (when it's your shift on watch for approaching zombies) and for something to do… a deck of cards!

  36. Sandy Smith
    September 18, 2013 #

    rain gear, waterproof bag for change of clothes and important papers, water filter, batteries, flashlight, radio, granola bars or prepackaged food, lighters/matches.

  37. Brendan
    September 18, 2013 #

    A towel

  38. Barbara Markel
    September 18, 2013 #

    U should have water medications flashlights n batteries first aid kit n always try to have cash on hand because atms n banks will not be working or opened

  39. Swapnil Konde-Deshmukh
    September 18, 2013 #

    In case of emergency or disaster it's important to have emergency kit and above all you need a common sense to deal with the situation than panic..

  40. Chad McCarley
    September 18, 2013 #

    Duct tape lots of it. Gasoline and lighter.

  41. John B
    September 18, 2013 #

    Lots of canned Spam

  42. Efrain Vergara
    September 18, 2013 #

    I would need a katana sword= unlimited zombie destruction ammo. some water purifiers and pictures of my family for survival. I bet it helps watching those survival shows on discovery for general knowledge.

  43. Francis
    September 18, 2013 #

    A boat, fishing rods, crab traps and just stay near land

  44. Rob
    September 18, 2013 #

    My wife…

  45. Robert schock
    September 18, 2013 #

    gun,food ,water,etc

  46. Tommy
    September 18, 2013 #

    An iron man suit.

  47. Roger Campbell
    September 18, 2013 #

    I carry a first aid kit. Supplies for 3 days and tools.

  48. Monika Winn
    September 18, 2013 #

    A good First Aid Kit and a couple of Flares.

  49. lokotejones
    September 18, 2013 #

    The most important thing to have available is a means of communication. Get a ham radio, some spare batteries, and a PLAN. If you can contact folks for help, get information on movements, and generally stay connected to the "real world" in a disaster it can help morale and keep you thinking straight.

  50. Crystal Kane
    September 18, 2013 #

    A cell phone charger for your car !!!!