Took a look at some stats for the 2003 & 2009 black outs. In 2003, according to Wikipedia, 1616 stores were damaged by rioting and looting. 1037 fires were set. 3776 people were arrested and over 300 million in damages. This was in 2 days. In the 2009 black outs, just in NY, according to the NY times, there was almost a 100% rise in crime compared to the same period from the year before. Additionally, there were about 60 incidents of looting. The number of shootings were up nearly 600%. More than twice the number of homicides. There were more than 30,000 calls for police in the first 3 hours. They didn't list the number of fires. Again, this was in less than two days. So let's extend the situation out to 5 days or perhaps 10 as Nat Geo projected. Does the situation get better or worse? After two days is when the grocery store shelves are empty, water isn't coming out of the tab, sanitation has backed up, emergency services are either stretched thin or perhaps non-existent. If the above is the result of a two day black out what will be the results of one of longer duration?