It amazes me, with the resources this nation has, that disaster relief for the affected people takes so incredibly long. New Orleans residents are a sad example of this. Three years later, and they are still living with the devastation.
So I have a proposal:
Take an old Air Force B-52 bomber base, located in the middle of the country, and modify it as follows:
Lay down 4 parallel 15,000 foot runways, designed and built for 24 hour per day continuous flight operations.
Running the full length of the runways, and located between the runways, so that each runway has its own, build gigantic warehouses stockpiled with relief supplies, water, and generators. Each warehouse would be fully equipped with hundreds of forklifts to load relief supplies onto transport aircraft.
Equip the base with 100 transport aircraft, ranging from large C-5's and C-17's, to C-130's, to C-47 Chinook helicopters.
When a disaster is predicted, the base will load and prepare all its aircraft for action.
When the disaster is over, and it's safe for flight operations, the base will commence continuous relief flight operations, with aircraft taking off and returning aircraft landing, 24 hours per day, until relief is no longer needed.
The over-arching concept behind this disaster relief base is to ensure no citizens (read taxpayers) go without relief supplies and aid for any amount of time.