Southerners turning to their faith to make sense of the devastation left behind by the second deadliest tornado outbreak in U.S. history also will be counting on the federal government for help, which Obama Cabinet members assured would come quickly.

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano toured hard-hit neighborhoods of Alabama and Mississippi on Sunday to offer condolences and pledge support.

“This is not going to be a quick comeback or an immediate (recovery) but it will be, in my view, a complete one,” she said in shattered Smithville, Miss., where little was left standing.

Federal officials already have said several areas are eligible for disaster relief, including 28 counties in Alabama and four in Tennessee.

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