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
    John Kauffman
    September 12, 2013 #

    Please pick me! I'm not prepared for the zombie apocalypse… I need a kit! Send help ASAP.

  2. Avatar for Heidi Wallis
    Luke Peterson
    September 12, 2013 #

    The most important thing in your emergency kit for zombies is Tom Cruise.

  3. Avatar for Heidi Wallis
    Justin Blackburn
    September 12, 2013 #

    All I gotta do is get me and my loved ones to a body of water and get a boat! Zombies can't operate a boat or swim—duhhhhhhhhh!

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    Kara Cardwell
    September 12, 2013 #

    A battery powered radio combo flashlight!

  5. Avatar for Heidi Wallis
    September 12, 2013 #

    The most important thing to have is a PLAN!

  6. Avatar for Heidi Wallis
    September 12, 2013 #

    batteries and a flash light!

  7. Avatar for Heidi Wallis
    Sandra Skaggs
    September 12, 2013 #

    Lighters, knifes and Blankets/ Tarp! :0)

  8. Avatar for Heidi Wallis
    September 12, 2013 #

    A Snickers bar. It will either make you happy/calm in a stressful situation, or it could make a zombie happy. At least that's what I'm told by their advertising ;)

  9. Avatar for Heidi Wallis
    September 12, 2013 #

    The Red Cross publishes an emergency supply list – I find it rather difficult that every time there is a weather related incident in my area the stores with supplies are quickly depleted.

  10. Avatar for Heidi Wallis
    Sarah W
    September 12, 2013 #

    Flashlights with working batteries!!

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    Ben Batson Feuer
    September 12, 2013 #

    Flares (preferably more than one). Could be used to start a fire and the best chance you'll have for signalling for help, next to blowing up your car!

  12. Avatar for Heidi Wallis
    Hans Schmidt
    September 12, 2013 #

    Bug Spray

  13. Avatar for Heidi Wallis
    deb alng
    September 12, 2013 #

    I would say a few good books, going to be held up for a long time, need some entertainment.

  14. Avatar for Heidi Wallis
    Sharon W.
    September 12, 2013 #

    A Leatherman tool, a first aid kit, a book on edible plants and solar-charging equipment. (Let's just say that I've thought about this before)

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    Brian Verhaaren
    September 12, 2013 #

    Fleece blankets, garbage sacks can be used for anything, ziploc baggies, leather outdoor work gloves (ever tried to touch something hot on your engine) and lighters (lighters can get dropped in water and still work).

  16. Avatar for Heidi Wallis
    Joey S.
    September 12, 2013 #

    A knife and rope… With those two items, you can MacGyver anything into pretty much everything!

  17. Avatar for Heidi Wallis
    Donny Racz
    September 12, 2013 #

    Unfortunately no. I live in an apartment so it's hard to prepare for the end of the world

  18. Avatar for Heidi Wallis
    Becky Paull
    September 12, 2013 #

    Duct tape, definitely! Food, Super high tech hearing aids so you could hear them coming, weapons and ninja skills.

  19. Avatar for Heidi Wallis
    Mark Valerio
    September 12, 2013 #

    A small shovel to dig a latrine, rope or strong twine to help with making a shelter, a mylar blanket to warmth and it's reflective properties, waterproof matches or a wind proof lighter, iodine tablets for drinking water, a few Meals Ready to Eat, small first aid kit, battery powered radio, pocket knife with included saw, duct tape and a guide to edible forest food (can also be used to start a fire).

  20. Avatar for Heidi Wallis
    Dustin Brooks
    September 12, 2013 #

    duct tape