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. Juan Torres
    September 18, 2013 #

    Flashlight, knife, a map, water.compass.

  2. Joanne
    September 18, 2013 #

    crank radio and crank flashlight , matches, candles, food, large gallon water jugs, blankets,

  3. Brenda H.
    September 18, 2013 #

    I think a flashlight, first aid kit, flares, bottled water, a blanket, kitty litter in case you get stuck, duct tape a tool kit and of course jumper cables.

  4. Lynn Jacobs
    September 18, 2013 #

    The most important thing you should have is a flashlight and water. Those big saws are great as well.

  5. Chris Myers
    September 18, 2013 #

    Want emergency kit…

  6. Coco
    September 18, 2013 #

    I've started an emergency kit for our house, but car kits are just as important! Be sure to keep water in a container that doesn't leach PCB's though. A metal water bottle now makes sense for everyday. Sorry, zombies, I'll only share with the living!

  7. John Moorhous
    September 18, 2013 #

    Wits and a sharp blade!

  8. Sam
    September 18, 2013 #

    Maps of your State as well as the surrounding States, Don't rely on your GPS.

  9. Yanira
    September 18, 2013 #

    It should have flashlights, spare batteries, band aids, medicine, fire blanket, red flares, maps to safety bunkers

  10. Eric Powers
    September 18, 2013 #

    Duct tape

  11. Noelani Garcia
    September 18, 2013 #

    Solar chargeable batteries, flashlight, two-way radios, water, first aid kit, non-perishable foods, Swiss Army knife, flare gun, matches, rope/wire, jumper cables, toothpaste, toothbrush, and more water.

  12. Bailey Pfister
    September 18, 2013 #

    A single paper clip.

  13. Jeannie Greenlee
    September 18, 2013 #

    something to start a fire with and some means to feed yourself when you food stores run out

  14. John Salvia
    September 18, 2013 #

    A camping backpack with the essentials. Dry food, water, small tool kit, small radio(for contact and news) flashlight, batteries, lighter(for fires)blanket/tarp and change of clothes etc. A flare gun would be nice depending on the circumstances, but not necessary as it may just draw more attention. A type of weapon is needed, an axe or small crossbow preferably.

    A hammock would be perfect as it is compact and could be hung up high out of the way to get some much needed rest out of the grasp of flesh ripping zombies.

    Running shoes, better be comfortable with all the chaos that will be happening.

  15. Todd Dunn
    September 18, 2013 #

    Flashlight in case all electricity goes out. Batteries. Canned goods. Bats . Flares. Various hardware tools. Knives. Matches . Portable stove . May need to find a boat all though that would have to wait until you acquired all of the smaller necessities . I LOVE PORTLAND. It is definitely a place you would want to be during a zombie attack.

  16. Bailey P
    September 18, 2013 #

    Oh, and an economy size pack of grape bubblelicious.

  17. jonathan soileau
    September 18, 2013 #

    E-tool, kinetic flashlight, satellite GPS/phone, wool blanket, flint, flare, kinetic radio, list of disaster contact numbers/radio stations, gps coordinates for disaster relief locations, list of Morse/brevity code information, (MRE), bottled water

  18. Bailey P
    September 18, 2013 #

    A single paper clip. Oh, and an economy size pack of grape bubblelicious.

  19. Jennifer Guzzino
    September 18, 2013 #

    Melted ice for sure;)
    Bottled water, canned foods, wood, matches sleeping bags and flashlights, battery powered radio, batteries and a can opener!

  20. Mike Bravo
    September 18, 2013 #

    I think road flares and water are the most important.

  21. Quinn Campbell
    September 18, 2013 #

    Water, ammunition, and self-portrait dummies to lure them away. A pet dinosaur might come in handy too.

  22. Tom Robinson
    September 18, 2013 #

    Tom R.

    Water, anti freeze, extra serpentine belt for vehicle, jumper cables, both electrical and duct tape, flashlight, tools, gas can, and small compressor that operates on cigarette lighter.

  23. trent
    September 18, 2013 #

    Food, Water, shelter it doesn't get any more basic than that.

  24. Michael Dickerson
    September 18, 2013 #

    I would think fresh change of clothes would be top priority as well as some string, tools, food, blankets, matches or lighters, and recycled dryer lint to start a fire!

  25. Ben Black
    September 18, 2013 #

    A metal pot to cook food and boil water.

  26. Elizabeth keel
    September 18, 2013 #


  27. Daniel
    September 18, 2013 #

    Duck tape. Done.

  28. Jamie
    September 18, 2013 #

    Bleach – to purify water once you run out.

  29. tanya c.
    September 18, 2013 #

    Deck of cards…. entertain the kids, use to start a fire if necessary, floss, fling them….. so many uses

  30. Gabriel Felten
    September 18, 2013 #

    Hand powered/solar powered radio and flashlight… No need to worry about batteries. Signal mirror, and first aid kit.

  31. Jason
    September 18, 2013 #

    Just give me a boat so I can ride to an island away from the zombies cuz I highly doubt they can swim.

  32. Peter Mendoza
    September 18, 2013 #

    You would want to have some kind of two way radio weather band,some kind of light source, batteries of some sort, water for at least 3 days, blankets, goodies or sweaters, a shovel, basic tools, matches it lighter, a bottle of whiskey and some kind of machete or hand gun.

  33. Jonathan Thomas
    September 18, 2013 #

    Fully stocked medical kit, non perishable food, water, clean clothes, rain gear, poncho, paracord, multi tool, hatchet, compass, matches/ lighter. Of course there's more but have at least this stuff.

  34. shane
    September 18, 2013 #

    Portable stove, jerky and some pale ale

  35. bruce white
    September 18, 2013 #

    Water, knife, first aid kit

  36. Kristin F
    September 18, 2013 #

    first aid kit, jumper cables, water, and a fluffy blanket…oh and a flashlight

  37. Cheryl C.
    September 18, 2013 #

    Some of the most important things to have in case of an emergency is a blanket, can goods, re-chargeable flashlight, cellphone, radio, full tank of gas in car, bug spray, candles, lighter, have tennis shoes on feet
    and the most important is toilet paper.

  38. Ma Valerio
    September 18, 2013 #

    Stun gun (hope zombies are affected by them). Batteries, radio,flashlight, first-aid kit, zip lock bags to protect anything from water

  39. Joy Alyssa Day
    September 18, 2013 #

    Flashlight and cut sealer/antibiotic with tape.

  40. Chris
    September 18, 2013 #

    Flares, a flashlight, and duct tape.

  41. Carolin Galante
    September 18, 2013 #

    A Plan!

  42. Neal
    September 18, 2013 #

    The most important thing in any disaster is a plan. All the stuff, gizmos, first aid and preps won't do you much good if you are a big pile of panic. Make a plan with your family and loved ones. Discuss bug in vs bug out. Plan escape routes, rendevue points, means of contact and make contingencies.

  43. Catherine
    September 18, 2013 #

    I think having shelter would be important. Also having a way to stay warm or keep cool.

  44. hector sawz
    September 18, 2013 #

    Solar powered emergency radio, lots dry none-spoil food, and learn how to live a simpler life.

  45. kevin kelly
    September 18, 2013 #

    I have two boxes of MREs, three blankets, glow sticks, flashlights, and water in my emergency kit next to the fridge. That combined with my AR15, I say bring in the zombie apocalypse.

  46. Jennifer
    September 18, 2013 #

    We have our emergency kit at home but not for the car, thank you esurance for reminding me! I have AAA but lets face it they're not always fast, and during Sandy they had days of lag time or no availability at all. I think some must haves for the winter are: battery booster, blanket, some easy open sustainable prepackaged food, water, flashlight, don't forget stuff for you babies/kids/and furry friends, maybe even an emergency cell phone or back up cell phone battery.

  47. Francisco Pabon
    September 18, 2013 #

    An emergency survival guide should be the cornerstone of any "Zombie" Emergency Kit. Effectively handling an "Emergency" situation requires knowledge and training (i.e. Preparation). Many local, state, and Federal government publications are available via mail and online (usually for free). These guides cover all types of Disasters/Emergencies as well as other pertinent subjects (e.g. Insurance, getting governmental assistance, family issues, mental well-being, personal safety, training). Increasing your knowledge is the key to dealing with any "Emergency" situation including "Zombies".

  48. Woman Warrior
    September 18, 2013 #

    How about extra zombie camoflauge?

  49. Kwame Beard
    September 18, 2013 #


  50. pfccounts14
    September 18, 2013 #

    I would say A baseball bat and water! maybe some company too