Gov. Nathan Deal says he has spoken to President Barack Obama and has been assured that federal aid will flow to tornado-ravaged counties in Georgia.
The Republican governor spoke to reporters Thursday at a state command post in Atlanta after touring some of the hardest-hit parts of the state.
He said the Democratic president had promised to do all he could to help Georgia recover.
Deal also said the state response had gone "exceptionally well" and that tornado sirens and other warning devices appeared to function to warn residents of the impending danger.
Deal has declared a state of emergency in 16 Georgia counties, and says he will seek an emergency declaration from the federal government. Such a declaration allows federal money to flow.