"The Lord took care of us," said the man, 72. "My security is not in my hands. It is in the Lord's."
Monday night, Steve Wilkerson, whose home was destroyed, carried what few belongings he could find in a laundry basket.
"I still can't believe this is happening," he said. "You work 20 years, and then it's gone in 15 minutes."
A couple told CNN they lost their home but were able to help others.
"We started getting people out," said one of them, trying to keep his emotions in check. "We saw some unfortunate things, but we helped some people."
A native son speaks out
Country singer Toby Keith, a native of Moore, lamented the loss of live and devastation.
"There have been so many tornadoes come through there but I don't ever remember one hitting an elementary school right square on the button like this one did," Keith told CNN's Anderson Cooper.
The singer left the Oklahoma City area for Nashville a few hours before the storm struck. His sister's home was among those damaged.
Keith told Cooper that Oklahomans are resilient and well-prepared for severe weather. "Rise again Moore Oklahoma. Godspeed," he tweeted.