Almost literally. As I've watched the news coming out of Chile, I've been thinking exactly this. And not even in the Katrina "black people loot while white people scavenge" way. It's been more noticing our fear-based news: looting! There's looting! And lawlessness! Scary! Scary!
But, as Yglesias notes, if you've just survived a devastating natural disaster and you're without supplies, how else are you going to get them?