I'm sorry. It's been 3 days. I just can't feel any sympathy for them. They had a week's notice of this storm, and they knew winter was coming ever
since last winter came. The power can go out anytime, and last for a week or more, it happens regularly enough.
Well, that's a bit harsh - some have damaged homes, and perhaps have had their supplies damaged / destroyed by water or, perhaps, looters.
But in the main, yes, people should've been prepared to survive more than 3 days - basic non-perishable foodstuffs are cheap - a bag of rice, Ramen
noodles, cans of tuna, soup, etc are dirt-cheap, and if you can't afford bottled water, fill up some pots with water beforehand. Many probably
couldn't be bothered, and now expect others to bail them out. I prepared for the storm, and I know many neighbors didn't. I probably wouldn't
have much sympathy for them if things had been worse here, but I'd still want them to receive help.
Thing is, you can't really distinguish between someone who was too lazy to prepare vs. someone who's so poor they couldn't afford to prepare vs.
someone who was prepared, but whose supplies are damaged. You have to help them all, whether you think they deserve it or not.
After Katrina, I know people who rented trucks, which we filled with food, water, bleach, clothing, ice, etc, and they drove down to affected areas
and just handed it out to whoever wanted it, no one lectured them about how they should've prepared better.
Yet I also remember in Katrina they actually arrested people, driving in from other states, not coming to bring food/help, but to loot. These events
show us the very best of people, and the very worst.
As for the looting, most of what I've read about are those who are taking advantage of what they think is a breakdown in order to steal things that
have nothing to do with survival. I don't consider someone taking a loaf of bread a looter - but someone who steals a 60" flatscreen or a case of
liquor or all the Oxycodone they can carry *are* looters, and honestly, I wouldn't weep for them if someone shot them - as cold as it sounds, that
wouldn't be some great loss to society - they're not going on to cure cancer, more accurately, they are
cancer. To me, there's a very short
step between breaking into a store as part of a mob to steal material goods -- and killing someone for those same things.
Because what's frightening to most of us is they remind us how close to breakdown our society is, every day - take away the fear of getting caught
and punished, and we see that there are many, many people who'd steal everything you own, including your life, if they feared no consequences, and if
they wanted what you had.