Originally Posted by DaneMcCloud
So, where was the looting when New York and New Jersey experienced a massive hurricane in 2012? Where was the looting and barbarism when it happened just a few months later with the massive snowstorm?
Your scenario is unrealistic at best and ridiculous at worse. There will never be a time in history when the electricity, plumbing and energy refuse to work simultaneously.
Unless, aliens invade and then we're all dead, anyway.
And they'll target North Carolina first.
You have way too much confidence in people as a whole. Our society is horribly dependent on our current infrastructure. People underestimate just how little it would take to have people killing each other over food and water. In the case of real social breakdown, it would get barbaric very quickly. The examples you used aren't really applicable to actual social collapse. That's simply disaster recovery, not social collapse. Empty the supermarkets, and cut off the supply of gasoline for a week or two, and see how long it takes before cities implode and people are clubbing each other to death over bottles of water.