Using a UAV or unmanned aerial vehicle is not just a toy purchased for kids at Christmas time. Here is a great example of a Search and Rescue using a UAV. There are ways to turn that fantastic toy or great hobby into something for the community. The public can even volunteer to use their own drone for a search and rescue mission.
Search and Rescue teams are all about saving lives. Often times people are scared and need help quickly. Drones and UAVs can offer this assistance. Here is an awesome article about how an off the shelf drone provided such service.