This article from the WSJ describes how the nations business community was the driving force behind a vast relief effort in Katrina's wake. They recommend FEMA take some pointers from the people who do logistics 24/7.
That just seems silly to me. FEMA's never going to be proficient at the kinds of things that FedEx and WalMart do day in and day out. Instead of trying to train FEMA, lets just downsize it. Put them in the position of doing long-term projects that aren't so time-sensitive, but that require a more substantial commitment than our corporate first responders can probably sustain.
I know. Downsizing government - that's just crazy talk.