The New Orleans situation is best described, I think, as a gigantic f**k up. A natural disaster compounded by a man-made one. The blame seems to lie with local government for not being prepared enough (and reading Michelle Malkin on this, the local government was corrupt and inept) but more importantly, with the criminals who are making the rescue operations immensely more difficult that they need to be. This is pretty much evidence, if any were needed, that civilisation is just a thin veneer for some people- beneath it lies horrific savagery. Clayton Cramer has details of some of the appalling crimes being committed there and he makes the very valid point -
I can't believe that the savages committing these crimes don't have long criminal histories. Unfortunately, New Orleans suffers from the problem of most big cities--an unwillingness to recognize that violent criminals need to go to prison and stay there.
Criminality of this type in the aftermath of such a dreadful disaster is absolutely unforgiveable. It's Lord of the Flies and Mad Max made real- examples of the very worst human behaviour. In light of this you might want to take Kim du Toit's advice and prepare your own "Grab and Go" bags. I have a small supply of tinned food and some first aid set aside for an emergency- sadly here in the UK we are unable to set aside weapons for our defence should some disaster befall us and society disintegrate. Remember, it only takes the space of a day for law and order to be replaced by anarchy. If you live in the United States my advice to you is to go out right now and purchase some emergency supplies and at least one firearm- and then learn how to use it. There are any number of disaster scenarios which could strike anywhere in the country and lead to the sort of break-down we're witnessing in New Orleans. Be prepared.