FEMA has been pushing public awareness through advertisements on radio, TV and print. Two-person teams are also being deployed throughout the 16 additional counties to attend meetings with local government and civic groups.
"We've been pushing registration even harder because we're afraid that people think they're registered when they really aren't," Blake said.
He said some people might have had FEMA damage assessment specialist visit their property as the agency collected information following the storm. He emphasized that visit was simply to gather information and did not register a person for assistance.
To register for assistance, individuals and businesses can either call 1-800-621-FEMA or online at www.disasterassistance.gov.
FEMA representatives have also set up what they call Disaster Recovery Centers, or DRCs, in Kanawha, Fayette, Raleigh or Fayette counties.
The Kanawha center is located at the South Charleston Recreation Center. The other three centers are located at the National Guard armories in each county.
The centers are open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays. They are also open some Saturdays, but those hours vary from week to week.
While staff at the centers can register people for assistance, the centers are focused on the steps that occur beyond the registration process - such as tracking the status of aid applications, answering homeowner questions and working out any issues with individual cases.
"It's kind of like a puzzle," said Sondra Penfold, manager of the South Charleston DRC location. "You've got all the pieces, and you try to put them together. And if there's a complication, we work them to help resolve the issue."
Fewer than 1,500 people had visited the four DRCs since they opened in September. The Kanawha location had served 317 residents through Thursday of last week.
Anyone from any county can visit the four centers, which are scheduled to close Nov. 7.
However, Blake said that date is not set it stone.
"That might be a date that moves around depending on the number of visits to the DRCs," he said. "If the traffic scales way down, it's hard to justify people being there . . . it's a fluid situation."
In addition to the DRCs, FEMA hazard mitigation officers are also at the Lowe's stores in Raleigh County and South Charleston to offer homeowners advice on how to avoid problems like mold and water leakages, which can occur following storms.
Contact writer Jared Hunt at jared.h...@dailymail.com or 304-348-5148.