Mississippi is under a state of an emergency, but there has been no federal declaration.
Now, storm victims are relying heavily on volunteer agencies, like the red cross and salvation army.
With the signs of the twister still visible... many are still trying to figure out what's next, what to do, and where to go.
Our jory tally joins us live with more.
It's been three days since the tornado came through but you can see the effects among these damaged homes, buildings, and roads.
Emergency management agencies and other organizations are urging people with property damage to document document document.
Home after home, roofs blown off, doors blown in...pieces of what use to be a home now lay everywhere.
"if you have a damaged home from the tornado or the flood you need to make sure you take pictures or videos of all the damages and call your insurance company and make sure your insurance company if you don't have insurance if you just have renter if you're a renter and you have renter insurance you need to do the same thing."
Columbus residents are battling dual disasters - tornado damage in some areas - flooding in others... but the most important thing to remember in either case is document the damage..
Taking pictures of homes, cars, items that were impacted by the storms will help you down the road.
"residents will be asked questions about their situation on a multiple facet and sometimes this is more like a marathon type of deal that you're going, i know you want quick results, but please take those pictures and document if you have insurance.
They are going to really need it."
"with insurance companies you know they have contents and they have the structure so you'll want to receive funding for the structure and the contents and if you've got a house 10 years ago i'm sure that the furniture you had in your house is different now from what you have from 10 years ago so if you have document it and pictures then you can report that to your insurance company."
And if you're in a situation where you don't have insurance, there's still available help out there.
"if you don't have renters insurance then it's up to you to try to call some of the volunteer agencies to see if there is some funding available that they can assist you and helping you replace those contents that were lost."
"there are so many levels and we work that case for that individual and help them with their transition plan to help we will be working with housing committee to help with transitional housing that's going to be a big deal i feeding committing to see to make sure we get things out we will have working with churches a lot of churches or doing whether they know it or not they are actually being distribution centers for lawrence says if you have other needs, or some special needs, call the ema office.
They'll be able to give numbers for volunteer agencies providing other assistance and can help with those needs.