Fark linked up this brief article detailing the lengths to which companies are reaching to get and keep employees in the New Orleans area. From on-site dorms with computers and internet access from a local shipyard to $6,000 "stay a year" bonuses from an area Burger King, companies are doing whatever they can to attract and keep a high-quality work force in a very challenging area.
And you know what? As long as the word gets out (and it will), this will work with amazing speed and effectiveness. Expensive? Yes, that's what happens when hurricanes rip through things. But it will work, and far more efficiently than any federal program ever could. Believe it.