Disaster expert off to Philippines

The University of Canterbury is sending a disaster management relief expert, to help out in the Philippines.

And Steve Glassey has no illusions about what he'll be up against.

He says the scale of the disaster is daunting, and the huge number of small islands will make the job difficult.

He's previously been deployed to help relief efforts after the Samoa tsunami, and in the response to the Christchurch and Gisborne earthquakes.