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Alright, Zombie fans, it is time for the second Zombie Awareness International contest! 

This contest is a graphic design contest for a new ZAI logo. 

Now all you creative Zombie freaks (like us) have the opportunity to get your design out there for the whole world to see as well as earn some awesome ZAI prizes and prizes from our sponsors Kershaw Knives USA and Baen Books.


First Place:

  • 1 T-shirt using the winning logo submission
  • 1 Kershaw Tremor speedsafe knife
  • 1 Copy of Rogue by Michael Z. Williamson (Baen Books)
  • 1 ZAI water bottle
  • 1 ZAI shot glass
  • 1 65 piece first aid kit
  • 1 Whistle Creek Survival kit in a sardine can
  • 1 Meal Ready to Eat (MRE)

Second Place:

  • 1 Kershaw Compound speedsafe knife
  • 1 Copy of Carnelians by Catherine Asaro (Baen Books)
  • 1 ZAI Shot Glass
  • 1 65 piece first aid kit
  • 1 Meal Ready to Eat (MRE)

Third Place:

  • 1 Kershaw Asset speedsafe knife
  • 1 Copy of A Beautiful Friendship by David Weber (Baen Books)
  • 1 Meal Ready to Eat (MRE)

Fourth Place:

  • 1 Kershaw RJI speedsafe knife
  • 1 Copy of Cryoburn by Lois McMaster Bujold (Baen Books)
  • 1 Meal Ready to Eat (MRE)

Fifth Place:

  • 1 Kershaw RJII speedsafe knife
  • 1 Copy of Myth-interpretations by Robert Asprin (Baen Books)
  • 1 Meal Ready to Eat (MRE)

So here are the basics: 

  • Contest opens at 0001 am PST, March 19, 2012. All entries must be emailed to no later than 11:59pm PST, April 1, 2012.
  • Each contestant must submit the following in order to win:
  • One (1) Zombie Awareness International Logo in .jpeg and .png format.
    • The logo must contain: The words “Zombie Awareness International, and Semper Vigilans Semper Paratus
    • The logo must contain: The ZAI “Skull with Crossed Axe and Shotgun with Sword through the middle vertically”
    • Dimensions of the logo must be no more than 1000x1000px
    • The logo can be of any shape and colors
    • The logo can contain anything else not mentioned above
    • This includes but is not limited to:
      • Promotions using the design
      • Profit from sales using the design
      • Modifying the design
  • No submission shall contain ANY copyrighted material.
  • Any submission found to have copyrighted material will be disqualified and the submission will be forwarded to the owner of the copyrighted material with the submitter’s contact information.
  • All submissions will be posted on the Zombie Awareness International Facebook Page for review.
  • There will be 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th place winners, each of which will be eligible for a prize.

Here are the fine print rules. 

  • To be eligible for a prize, you must email us your design. Include your last name and “ZAI LOGO CONTEST” in the subject line.
  • Entries must be submitted to as .jpeg and .png attachment. The body of the email must have your first and last name and mailing address. (We won’t post your addresses or sell them or anything funky like that, unless you violate a copyright.)
  • We will use your designs on our website for readership. Zombie Awareness International becomes the sole owner of anything you send us.
  • By sending us your design, you agree to let us post it and use it for advertising and driving traffic to our site.
  • If your graphic gets posted to our website, we retain the ability to keep it on our site for up to six months. After that, you can request it be taken down.
  • Winners will be selected by Eric, Tim and Rich of Zombie Awareness International. We will take votes/comments on the website into consideration, but ultimately we are the decision makers.
  • Winners will be announced by 11:59pm April 7, 2012.
  • Winners will be notified by email.
  • Before winners can claim their prizes, they must complete and mail the waiver back.
  • ZAI retains the right to amend rules for clarification or any reason we see fit at any time.

Good luck and we look forward to seeing your submissions!

Zombie Awareness International.


We see a lot of questions about BOB or extended fight bags which is a good thing because it shows that preparations are being made. However what do you carry on yourself every day? What is the minimum number and types of tools you will need to make it back to your cache of weapons and food? Everyone is different so I thought I would write this article about what I have in my pockets.

Like most men I have a routine when I leave a room. I pat down the front of my pants tapping the contents to make sure I have what I need. Cell phone, wallet, and keys are fairly standard. I carry those things plus four additions I hope you will consider.

Pocket knife
I carry a Kershaw Select Fire pocket knife. I wrote a review of it here. In addition to a nice big sharp blade this knife also has a full-sized driver set built into the handle.

Wire saw
I have chosen the M48 Kommando Survival Saw. There are much better wire saws out there but this one is tiny. I have rolled it up and use a twist tie to keep it contained. Although I will not be cutting firewood or falling trees for a shelter with this thing I can easily use it to shorten wooden handles, cut plastic pipes, or use it as a small length of chain to fasten something together.

I carry a very small multi-tool made by Sheffield Knives. I chose this one because of its quality and size. Sheffield makes great tools and this one is no exception. The pliers are big enough to wrench on most bolts, it has bottle and can openers, a set of screw drivers, and a small blade.

Credit card tool
It is true that the functions that this tool provide are diminished from the functionality of a standard tool set, however all of the functions on this tool are redundant backups to other tools I carry on my person. It is always advisable to carry back-ups and back-ups to back-ups.

I know you are thinking all of this stuff plus my cell phone, wallet and keys makes for some full pockets, but I have found a way to keep it simple. The wire saw fits in the change pocket of jeans. The credit card tool fits inside my wallet. The knife clips to the top of the pocket, keeping it from crowding the bottom. And the multi-tool is small enough to sit in the bottom of my pocket and stay out of the way.

These are the tools I have decided I need to carry everyday, what’s in your pocket?

Late last year I did something I (and many of you) have done before; I broke the tip off a knife using the blade as a screwdriver. It was my favorite knife: a CRKT M-16.

This review is the result of many hours reading reviews, asking friends what they carried, and going to at least a half dozen stores handling and testing out different knives.

The knife I ended up buying was the Kershaw Select Fire.

This knife also has a full sized driver set built into the handle. It accepts all ¼ inch driver bits and also has built in magnetic holders for 4 bits in the handle.

The knife may be too large for small hands with a 3 3/8 inch blade. Closed it is almost 5 inches long, and is on the heaver side due to the handle being a glass filled nylon.

Kershaw has used a lesser known type of steel called 8CR13MoV. With a slightly higher carbon content than AUS-8 steel it falls between 440b and 440c making a very hard blade that can keep an edge.

I usually hate gimmicky knives but this one fits all of my needs exactly. The driver is big enough to be useful in most applications, the blade is high quality and the handle fits nicely in my hand.

Thanks to Kershaw for making awesome knives.

Survival Tip of the Day brought to you by Kershaw.

In a survival situation you must be prepared for an injury or medical problem. You might suffer a minor cut or scrape, but without proper treatment that cut could become a much bigger problem. Store bought first aid kits are available, but here are some essential items to help you assemble your own custom basic first aid kit.

  • Adhesive Bandages: Use these to keep small cuts and blisters covered and clean. Infection is the enemy, especially with zombie infection.
  • Bandages: These are useful for a variety of purposes, from keeping dressings in place and binding wounds closed to tying up broken limbs to prevent further damage.
  • Gauze Padding: Gauze pads absorb blood and keep wounds clean while they heal.
  • Safety Pins: Can be used to secure bandages and as temporary sutures.
  • Painkillers: Can help you get through difficult times. Should be saved for when you really need them most.
  • Scissors: A useful tool. You should buy a high-quality pair with a blunt nose if stored in a first aid kit. Can be substituted with a good knife. We recommend Kershaw and Zero Tolerance Knives.
  • Antiseptic: Antiseptic wipes are good for cleaning wounds, and cream will prevent infection and help heal minor wounds.
  • Corn Pads: You may laugh, but when it comes to blisters and other foot problems you’ll be thanking me.
  • Large Triangular Bandage: Can be used to make a sling, for supporting a broken arm, or as a bandage.

Thanks again to Kershaw. You can find Kershaw and Zero Tolerance Knives on Facebook.

– Tim

We are pleased to be able to announce the winners of the first Zombie Awareness International short story contest!

We had eleven submissions total, all great stories. We would like to thank everyone who entered. We would also like to thank all of you for taking the time to stop by and read them and vote.

The race for first and second was a close one, as was the race for 3rd through 5th. The points spread on 3-5 was only 4 points.

So, without further ado, here are the winners:

5th place, honorable mention: 50 Days in Blood: A Last Will and Testament after the Zombie Apocalypse. By Jason Schwartz

4th place, honorable mention: Roulette By Raymond Contour

3rd place: Lookout By Kevin Gillihan

2nd place: My Birthday Wish By Kittyana Mitchell 

1st place: Shattered Memories: A Beginning By: Dale K Ostrom

Would the author of each story please contact us via email at

We would like to thank our generous sponsors, Kershaw Knives,USA. Author Sean T. Page. Also, Baen Book Publishing. Without their great support, this contest wouldn’t have been nearly as awesome as it was.

You guys are awesome!



Thank you to all of you who submitted and voted. You guys have made our first contest a complete success. Again, we would like to thank Kershaw Knives USA, Sean T. Page, and BAEN Books for their sponsorship and support. Feel free to continue reading the entries and commenting on them. Keep checking back for new content, because we have a lot heading your way.

Thanks for reading

Alright ZAI fans. We are going to open the voting up for the short stories now. Here is how it will work. Go to your favorite story and post a comment on it that just says “1 Vote”

We will only tally comments that say “1 Vote”

I know the rules say voting will start on the 24th, but we have decided to open voting now. Voting will close at 11:59pm PST, September 29.

Feel free to comment and leave feedback on the stories, but the only comments that will count toward the winning submission will be ones that say “1 Vote”

Thank you to all of you who submitted, and good luck. Thank you as well to Kershaw Knives and Sean T. Page for giving us awesome stuff to give away as prizes!

**Side Note: We will still accept submissions for stories if you would like to send them, but only the current ones that are below this post are eligible for prizes and voting. **



ZAI Short Story Contest Prize Flyer

Zombie Awareness International is spreading all across the interwebs! We want to make sure that awareness and survival information is spread to as many people as possible and in as many forms as possible.

You can find us on Facebook and Twitter, and now we are on YouTube.

Below is our first video, in which Eric describes different ways to easily get a fire started without a lighter or matches. Subscribe, follow, like us, or whatever you have to do to stay up to date on ZAI happenings.

Also, don’t forget our allies from Z.O.P.E.C. watching our backs and spreading the word!