A 29-year old Navy vet died while trying to help his fellow workers. 

Clayton Cope was 29 years old, and he died as a result of trying to alert other people about an upcoming storm. His mom Carla Cope stated.   

“He simply said that he wanted to share this with someone.” [the tornado] was coming,” Cope told the Daily Beast. Cope said, “He was very kind and had a huge heart.” 

Austin J. McEwen (Amazon cargo driver), was also struck by the tornado while trying shelter.

Deandre Shawn’ Morrow (28), of St. Louis Missouri, Kevin D. Dickey (62), of Carlyle Illinois, Etheria S. Shebb (24) of St. Louis Missouri, and Larry E. Virden (46) of Collinsville Illinois were also identified by the coroner.     

Several warehouse workers expressed concern that Amazon’s controversial ban on cell phones, which was lifted temporarily during the pandemic, could cause safety problems. 

A tornado killed at least six Amazon workers at an Edwardsville, Illinois distribution center

Six Amazon employees were killed in a tornado at an Edwardsville distribution center, Illinois.

After a tornado decimated Edwardsville workers, their fears were magnified.

According to blue collar workers, they were concerned that a reintroduction of cell phone bans would make it impossible for them to check weather updates or call for assistance in times of emergency.

According to Bloomberg, a person who worked at an Amazon facility located in Illinois said that he was unable to trust Amazon after these deaths.  “If they make no phone calls policy, I’m resigning.”

According to another worker, she wouldn’t lock her mobile phone at work if it wasn’t necessary. 

According to her, she said that she doesn’t trust anyone with my safety. “If severe weather is forecast, I believe I should have the ability to make my own safety decision.” 

Clayton Cope, a US Navy veteran, was among those killed in the disaster

Etheria S. Hebb

Clayton Cope (a US Navy Veteran) was one of the victims.

Hebb’s family friend, Siera Williams said that she still struggles to comprehend the loss of her friends and loved ones.

Williams wrote in a Facebook tribute, “You’ve been a beautiful person to me,” Your smile lightens up every room. Watch over us sleeping beauty.’

Dallas Feltman was a close friend of McEwan and mourned his loss on Facebook. He said he will cherish the times they shared together.

‘I’ll never forget your voice, your smile, or your love,’ he wrote. Only a few can say it, but I am certain he would do anything for me or so many other people. The brightness you brought upon our peers & the shine in your laughter will stay with us for the rest of our lives. 

The powerful storm left some criticizing Amazon for its cell phone policy, which was temporarily lifted during the pandemic

Some criticised Amazon’s cell phone policy during the severe storm, but it was temporary lifted in response to the pandemic.

Amazon made a prepared statement to DailyMail.com stating that ’employees are permitted to have their cellphones’.

The company did not provide details about its previous ban at work on electronic devices. She also did not say if Amazon plans to reinstate the ban.

“If they implement the no-cell phone policy, then I will resign.”

Amazon workers died on Saturday when a string of tornadoes tore through St. Louis. They tore off the roof, and caused concrete walls that were 11 inches thick to crumble on their own.

Workers remove debris from Amazon's fulfilment center after it was hit by the tornado

After Amazon’s fulfillment center was struck by the tornado, workers remove its debris.

According to James Whiteford, the fire chief, at least 45 Amazon employees managed to escape the rubble in Edwardsville’s Illinois facility measuring 500,000 square feet. 

As they moved from rescue efforts to recovery efforts, which were likely to last days, authorities had lost hope of finding survivors.

About 190 people worked multiple shifts in the 1.1 million-square-foot building.

Amazon's 1.1 million square-foot distribution facility is shown before and after the storm.

This is a comparison of the before-and-after images for Amazon’s distribution facility covering 1,1 million square feet.

As they moved from rescue efforts to recovery efforts, which were likely to last just days, authorities had lost hope of finding survivors.

Around 190 workers worked in multiple shifts at the facility covering a total of 1.1million square feet.

Amazon stated in its statement that they donated $1 Million to Edwardsville Community Foundation. Officials are working together to find ways to help.  

Kelly Nantel, spokesperson for Amazon stated that the company was deeply shocked by the loss of members of its Amazon family.

“Our thoughts, prayers, and condolences are with all those affected by this tornado, including their families and loved ones. Thank you to all first responders who were on the scene. Our employees and our partners are still being supported.

Billionaire Amazon owner Jeff Bezos carried on with his weekend plans in the aftermath  of a storm that killed at least 94 people and left towns in ruin. 

DailyMail.com has aerial photographs that show Bezos’ expansive Beverly Hills backyard readying for an outdoor meal party. The rectangular table was set with 16 chairs around it.

Although it was unclear if he attended, he was there on Saturday for the Blue Origin civil space launch.

On Saturday, he was criticised for celebrating the return to space of his crew. Meanwhile, dozens of Amazon employees remain trapped under rubble.

Also, he posted an Instagram photo of himself and his crew members smiling before their space mission, captioned: “Happy crew today in the training centre.”

Bezos didn’t mention that his employees had died during the morning. Some took to social media to attack the Amazon founder.

Bezos was slammed on social media Saturday for celebrating the return of his latest space crew while dozens of Amazon workers remain trapped in rubble

Bezos received a lot of criticism on Saturday over celebrating the return to space of his crew, while many Amazon workers are still trapped under rubble

Bezos tweeted about the disaster Saturday, calling it 'tragic.' 'He said: 'We¿re heartbroken over the loss of our teammates there, and our thoughts and prayers are with their families and loved ones.'

Bezos took to Twitter Saturday morning, calling the tragedy ‘tragic. ‘He said: ‘We’re heartbroken over the loss of our teammates there, and our thoughts and prayers are with their families and loved ones.’

Bezos posted a tweet about Saturday’s disaster, calling it “tragic.”

‘We’re heartbroken over the loss of our teammates there, and our thoughts and prayers are with their families and loved ones,’ he said.

Joshua Dryer (Twitter) retweeted the video Bezos and Strahan celebrating after Strahan’s launch, writing: ‘It’s really sickening. If you want my honest view.

“Jeff Bezos said nothing about the deaths at his Illinois facility after a devastating tornado trapped many workers.

“But, sure. Go play wannabe astronauts for 10 minutes. Unreal.’

Red_baiting user wrote that he is’really struggling to contain my anger since Jeff Bezos attacked his major carbon-polluting Rocket this morning after Amazon workers were killed in a rare December tornado.


Six states in the United States were hit by tornadoes Friday night. The destruction of homes and businesses stretched over 200 miles.

Whiteford stated that the Amazon facility was reached at 8:38 pm central time. 

The winds were so strong that the roof collapsed and the entire building was torn off.

Witnesses claimed that workers were taken by surprise and had to seek shelter wherever they could.

Alexander Bird works in a warehouse just across the street. He said, “I had a colleague that sent me photos when they were hiding in the toilet, basically anywhere,”

“People needed to be able to think quickly.”

An Amazon employee looks at the damage of a roof collapse at an Amazon distribution center in Edwardsville, Illinois on December 11

Amazon employees examine the destruction caused by the roof collapse in an Amazon distribution centre in Edwardsville (IL) on December 11, 2012.

Amazon stated that all Amazon employees are notified when there is a tornado warning and instructed to evacuate to designated shelter-in place locations.

Following the storm surges that President Joe Biden called “one of the worst” in American history on Sunday, US rescuers were desperately trying to find survivors.

Bezos posted a tweet about Saturday’s disaster, calling it “tragic.”

‘We’re heartbroken over the loss of our teammates there, and our thoughts and prayers are with their families and loved ones,’ he said.

“All residents of Edwardsville need to know that Amazon is there for them. All the first responders have done an amazing job at the site. We are grateful.