General Dilbert starts to lose touch with reality as he and his tiny, armed paramilitary squads consider seriously going out to restore order to the city and snipe at looters, because they're really really outraged that policemen in uniform have been looting DVDs from Walmart. Wow, crimes against property! So outrageous! He's turning vigilante! He's going to save the world from those desperate, panicking refugees, by shooting them! Because, now they're just animals!
Earlier, he said this:
When people freak out (women especially, sorry if you think that's sexist, but I'm telling you how it is), it adds an element of stress and wastes time and effort that could be directed elsewhere. Stay calm, use your head, set your priorities, act, evaluate your situation constantly, and remember that everyone is in this together. It's easy to want to step on everyone else to effect your own survival, but remember that every person who dies becomes a sanitation risk to you.
and was answered rather interestingly, thus:
I think there's a tendency to notice people of the other gender "freaking out" more than people of your own gender. As a trained emergency worker (firefighter/EMT) I notice that when men freak out, they become over controlling in a "take charge" way even when they have no idea what they are doing. It's men's way of having a hysterical reaction, and it gets people killed on a regular basis.
For both genders, training and information will help keep them calm and allow them to manage a crisis in an effective manner.
What a perfect example of a guy with guns and military training, utterly losing touch with the point of society and having no respect for human life. Only specific people deserve help, or respect, or refugee status. Not those bad people who are panicking and poor and quite stupid. Great. Ethics now reduced utterly to who's got the most guns.
The real looters and property criminals are going to be the banks who end up owning all the people's houses as they can't pay their mortgages. FEMA is not going to save people's middle class, property-owning status. Most of the national money to rebuild will go to an insane plan to restore the low-lying areas which have only been there since the 1910 levee plan (as Rook points out.) So the tax money will go to make things nice for the banks and very-wealthy developers who have the capital to ride it out, and who will end up owning everything. Now THAT's looting.