Damaged cities and battered communities need immediate recovery. Hurricane Katrina and Rita have lashed cities, leaving the victims only to be recovered from the traumas and disrupted lives. Some benevolent organizations have joined hands to help them recover steadily, if not rapidly. And all that is needed is a huge amount of fund. With this in view, 31 local and national health, community and environmental organizations joined with the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), to urge Congress not to cut corners when it comes to funding critical recovery efforts. at least $12 billion is needed to protect the health and safety of the ruined communities, the group says. The groups represent millions of members. They urged the House and Senate Appropriations Committees to provide better tools to prepare Gulf Coast communities to withstand future storms. The Congress now seems to be in a critical juncture — and the lawmakers under pressure to decide about fundings. Hurricane reconstruction in Gulf Coast states that will have a serious impact on the health, environment, and economy of residents in those areas, is also an important issue to be taken into consideration in the coming weeks. In a letter, the NRDC and its partners urged support for environmental and health initiatives.