"Stealing" essentials such as food and water, in my opinion, is much different than looting.
I can personally understand someone procuring the essentials for their family, and the people who justify and condone their actions. However I can not understand people taking televisions, jewelry, and other more expensive items that, in my opinion, are being taking for personal gain. I also can not understand why anyone would condone or justify such actions.
People have said they knew the storm was coming and they should have left. This is very easy to say. We can all sit and type what we think we would do. Residing there your entire life, being poor, not having modern transportation, not having anywhere to go, being passed out in an alley, etc. are many reasons why some may have not left. It is easy to pass judgment on people in this situation, but maybe we don't know their personal situation. The fact is there is extreme damage and a lot of people have been negatively impacted.
I personally feel like I should be concerned, donate and help out in any way I can, and pray for them. I believe this would be much more beneficial overall than trying to convince others how stupid people are that didn?t leave the area.
I would like to think I would leave for a safer place if I was in the same situation, but without being faced with what they had to face, I don't know that I can be so sure of what would happen.