The VU Storm Intercept Team has been recognized by not only the University, but also by the National Weather Service for their efforts to keep the community safe in times of adverse weather. In the first annual Student Organization Awards, held in 2014 at VU, VUSIT won the Outstanding Collaboration Award for their efforts on the November 17th, 2013 tornado outbreak.

NWS Chicago’s Matt Friedlein and the rest of the office in Romeoville, IL congratulated VUSIT on their efforts on November 17th, 2013. After writing a summary of the organization’s community outreach, Matt Friedlein replied in excitement. The summary and response can be seen here.

VUSIT members did not stop there. Multiple people helped out with the recovery efforts in towns struck by tornadoes. An overview of the Washington, IL service trip can be found here.