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. Misty Gunderson
    September 18, 2013 #

    What an exciting sweepstakes! !!

  2. Thomas Bloess
    September 18, 2013 #

    A lot of water, blanket and a bazooka

  3. John Brockway
    September 18, 2013 #

    For sure the number one thing is water, aside from that, first aid kit. If ur stuck or stranded, there are ways of being noticed without flares.. But a small cut could cause huge damage. You have to keep from getting an infection

  4. Paul C.
    September 18, 2013 #

    Hand crank radio is a must as well as battery/hand crank flashlight. Rope, plastic and duct tape are essentials. Oh, and a slingshot for those zombies.

  5. Jaime C
    September 18, 2013 #

    It is great to have blankets in an emergency kit whether it is used for shelter or warmth, it will come in handy. It can also be used to help gain traction when stuck in unfavorable spots. I was lucky enough to have one when I was stranded during the winter one year. No matter what the weather is like, keep a blanket in the car

  6. Roxanne P
    September 18, 2013 #

    Food, bottled water, medical supplies, clothes, shoes, any prescriptions you are taking, and blankets

  7. Jolyn
    September 18, 2013 #

    First aid kit, blanket, flashlight, water, tuna fish, can opener.

  8. Myles Pierce
    September 18, 2013 #

    First aid equipment and a good, innovative mind to use your surroundings to your benefit.

  9. steve martin
    September 18, 2013 #

    Water, sord, bow and arrows, 50 cal sniper rifle and a shotgun for close encounters

  10. Jane L
    September 18, 2013 #

    a pocket knife! (always a good tool to have on hand when in a jam…or when eating jam!)

  11. Gary
    September 18, 2013 #

    For the Car: Basic tool kit, cigarette adapter tire inflator, jumper cables
    For You: Non-perishable food, space blanket, water, first aid kit, lighter, socks, closed toe shoes, self-powered radio

  12. john roberts
    September 18, 2013 #

    toilet paper, water, food etc

  13. James Mc.
    September 18, 2013 #

    Enough gas to get to a military base, enough rounds to survive the trip there, and enough water to stay hydrated. Don't stop until you get there.

  14. Alaina
    September 18, 2013 #

    You would need some blankets, flashlight, maybe some hot hands to help keep a little warmer. To keep the zombies from smelling you some rotten smelling blood so they would think you were one of them since you smell rotten they would leave you alone.

  15. Jenifer D.
    September 18, 2013 #

    I'm prepared.

  16. Mark N.
    September 18, 2013 #

    Aside from at least twice as much water as you think you might need, and high-calorie-density food, sanitation (think both bathroom AND wound tending) and defense are going to be the most important items to prepare for a disaster. After these come trade items, old style zippo lighters, candles, cheap liquor…

  17. Eric Vogelpohl
    September 18, 2013 #

    Hand crank flashlight/radio, water, blankets

  18. Jeff Krafft
    September 18, 2013 #

    Water and food are the most important in any disaster

  19. Amber Garcia
    September 18, 2013 #


  20. Jenifer D.
    September 18, 2013 #

    Baseball bat, cross bow, water, food, lighter, army tank

  21. Cristina Rubio
    September 18, 2013 #

    Flashlights, bottled water, matches and flares

  22. Carly L.
    September 18, 2013 #

    the Genie from Aladdin

  23. Brandon Banks
    September 18, 2013 #

    Antibiotics, bandages, flashlight, solar panel, small saw or hatchet, shovel, rope, tarp, binoculars, and matches

  24. Gayle Markus
    September 18, 2013 #

    All of the previous suggestions sound good…but if I missed it…a solar charger for the cell phone and/or a CB radio (in case your in a cell dead space) so you can CALL FOR HELP.

  25. Albert
    September 18, 2013 #

    Passport, water purification tablets, metal tin, Swiss Army knife, magnesium fire starting kit, military paracord, notepad, first aid kit, pen and a bible.

  26. Elizabeth W.
    September 18, 2013 #

    Bow and Arrows, battery free flashlight, first aid kit, water purification tablets, poncho, screwdriver, matches, rope, flares, super glue, blanket, knife, tire patch kit, solar powered radio, tiny bottles of booze, soap and some clean underoos!

  27. Quintina Eagleston
    September 18, 2013 #

    You ask for one thing….hummm…. a knife. I figure I could find water and food but can't find a sharp enough object for building shelter and cutting up meat that I have trapped.

  28. Cloud
    September 18, 2013 #

    Solar battery/generator for light, to charge electronics and for medical devices such as nebulizers, oxygen.

  29. marbury33
    September 18, 2013 #

    First Aid kit, Water, multi-function knife/tool, spare change of clothing, radio, flashlight. and duct tape.

  30. Olivia Torres
    September 18, 2013 #

    We've got water and a garage full of tools for protection! :D

  31. Matt Kolonoski
    September 18, 2013 #

    Water, road flares, chem lights and a lil first aid kit!

  32. Lisa
    September 18, 2013 #

    Non perishable food, water, guns and a lot of ammo.

  33. Jeff
    September 18, 2013 #

    Your brain…
    Think about it…It helps you come up with cool and imaginative tools and traps to dispatch your would be predators. Plus with all that memory on board, you could sing songs or play mind games while you wait for the next wave of the undead.

    Just keep your head about you….

  34. UniqueChik
    September 18, 2013 #

    I have to say my family!! I swore a few weeks ago a zombie apocalypse was going down when my cable went out and my house phone was DEAD and my youngest was away on vacation!! Turned out to be nothing!!! Thank God, I wasn't prepared!!!

  35. Michelle
    September 18, 2013 #

    The most important thing to have in case of a disaster is a positive outlook on the situation. You can have the best emergency kit possible, but every emergency is different so you'll most likely always need something else. Just keep a positive attitude and it will help you get through any emergency! This has helped me sooo many times! :)

  36. Sarah
    September 18, 2013 #

    Batteries,flash lights, first aid kit, radio, rope, jumper cables, gas can, fix a flat…and tool set.

  37. Melissa
    September 18, 2013 #

    Food, water, blankets, flashlight and baterries.

  38. Clague Bruening
    September 18, 2013 #

    Most important one thing (aside from food, water, and some type of weapon …)? Lots of cash.

    • Clague Bruening
      September 18, 2013 #

      Has anyone said insurance yet?

  39. Scott Sternlieb.
    September 18, 2013 #

    A winter car kit should have box of wood matches, at least 2 solar blankets, hand warmer packets, flashlight, the battery free kind, jumper cables, flares, small electric air compressor, hand held CB, extra batteries and some sort of small but sharp knife. One should always have water in the car for all emergencies.

  40. Cassie
    September 18, 2013 #

    Flashlight, batteries, electrical tape and a first aid kit

  41. bew
    September 18, 2013 #

    Water pureification devices

  42. Wafaq
    September 18, 2013 #

    Cell phone and solar battery pack/generator for light/cell, crank radio, multiple packs for cellphone batteries, water, gel pop sort of food, insulated clothing….

  43. Tarisa Carroll
    September 18, 2013 #

    Matches in a waterproof container. Sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person. Bottled Water

  44. Peter Murray
    September 18, 2013 #

    Duct Tape,matches/lighter, water purifying pills, binoculars, compass. And of course all the food,weapons,and water u can carry!

  45. Lorelei Benjamin
    September 18, 2013 #

    water resistant flashlight, water resistant matches, candle heater, winter blanket, extra cellphone charger, jumper cables, battery charger, small shovel and extra clothing. I live in central Minnesota and the winters can get a little tough times but no matter what the season, I would keep it all in my vehicle because you never know when or where you would break down at.

  46. shayla osowski
    September 18, 2013 #

    Candle, matches, flashlight, knife, water, extra socks

  47. Grace
    September 18, 2013 #

    Flairs, transitor radio, compass, food supply, flashlights, blankets, first aid kit and zombie spray that stops them in their tracks.

  48. harry
    September 18, 2013 #

    How about any thing sharp you can swing or throw a fully atuomatic shot gjn and dont for get aim for the head

  49. Travis Van Vleck
    September 18, 2013 #

    Bottle water, flares, bandages

  50. Nikki Machado
    September 18, 2013 #

    Canned goods, flashlights, water, hammer, ax, screwdriver, ammo lots of ammo.