Civil defense - an exercise in disaster preparedness that was popular during the Cold War tensions of the 1950s, but has nearly disappeared from the public consciousness - is making a comeback, says one CD official.

"We're getting more people who are interested in it," said William Seyfried, treasurer of Civil Defense Volunteers of Utah. He pointed out that while America's interest declined for many years, "not so in other countries."The volunteers meet every first Wednesday of the month, and this week they will gather in the Salt Lake City-County Building, Room 315, starting at 7:15 p.m. "It's a dissemination of information and instruction on civil defense protection," with sessions sometimes covering natural disasters as well as war.

Meetings last between an hour and an hour and a half, he said. Sometimes experts lecture on dealing with chemical warfare, or survival after a war.