The Unexpected. It can happen at any time, at any place, to anyone. Is your community or your business prepared?

It is not a matter of if, but a certainty of when.

At The James Thomas Group, we will assist your community or business safeguard the lives of its citizens from natural, technological, and human-caused disasters. While we cannot stop these disasters from occurring, we can limit their impact and reduce property damage by fostering better preparedness for emergencies, not if, but when the situation calls for it.

You know your Director of Public Safety will be on the scene and will quickly have the situation under control because your community has a plan for this type of disaster… or does it? You know time is critical in this type of situation and lives are at stake.

The JTG is a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned and DLA-Registered Small Business

The JTG is a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned and DLA-Registered Small Business

If there is a plan, is it recent and does it work? Has it been validated and updated? Do your people know what to do? Are they doing the right thing?

Whether a natural disaster, environmental incident, or act of domestic terrorism, citizens in every community in our nation want to know they have the people and assets to protect and defend them. In almost every case, one thing is true: the community has the people and assets!

What is also true is that most communities do not have an integrated plan to maximize the use of their people and assets. Many of the plans that exist are gathering dust on shelves because the community does not have the time or the expertise to review, validate, and update these plans to the comprehensive level needed today.

The loss of life and property, the unrelenting media coverage, and the litigation that follows because the community wasn’t ready is of grave concern to all community leaders and administrators.

We have the expertise, the time, and the know-how to assist your community at any level: writing your plans, validating them, revising them, and integrating them. With over 20 years of expertise in emergency management and contingency planning, and with an expert team in the area of law enforcement, disaster recovery, fire fighting, counter-terrorism, physical and information security, emergency medical services, and environmental safety,  The James Thomas Group can assist you with the plans you need to meet your requirements today, tomorrow, and into the future.


Barbara Ruane is a Founder and the President of The James Thomas Group (TJTG) that was established in October, 2000.   In 2002, she began working full-time for TJTG.

She is a Department of Homeland Security Certified Weapons of Mass Destruction Instructor and a nationally certified Emergency Medical Technician.  She has conducted numerous mass casualty, hostage, terrorism and other exercises for Federal and local Government agencies.    Prior to founding TJTG, she had worked as a Management Analyst at Fort Monmouth and from 1997 to 2002 she was a Special Education Teacher in Long Branch, New Jersey.

Barbara is a native of West Long Branch and a 1997 Summa Cum Laude graduate of Monmouth University with a Bachelor of Science Degree.  She also holds Associates Degrees in Education and Journalism from Brookdale Community College and attended the Justice Center of Atlanta where she received her certification in Mediation and Conflict Resolution.

Barbara has been serving as a Councilwoman in the Borough of West Long Branch since 2005 and is currently the Council President.  She is the Chairperson of the Fire and First Aid Committee and a member of the Police and Finance Committees. She serves as the Community Block Grant representative and is on the Liaison Committee to Monmouth University.  She is the Program Manager for the West Long Branch and Fort Monmouth Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT).

Over the years Barbara has devoted much of her time in helping others.  Her community service has included:

2008-Present: Shore Players Performing Arts Foundation

2004-Present:  TRI-BORO (West Long Branch, Oceanport, Eatontown) Domestic Violence Crisis   Intervention Team – Team Leader

2003-Present:  Emergency Medical Technician and Corresponding Secretary, WLB First Aid Squad

2001-2009:  Information Age Learning Center, Wall Twp – Board of Trustees Member

2000-2003:  Pre-service Advisory Council for the NJ Statewide Systemic Initiative at Rutgers

1993-2001:  Brookdale Community College Board of Trustees

1988-1995:  Counselor for the LADDER Support Group for families of children with Attention Deficit Disorder.

Her honors and awards include the following:

2010: Trustee Emeritus, Information Age Science/History Learning Center and Museum.

2006:  The Asbury Park Press Greater Women of Central NJ Award.

2006:  Shore Regional High School Distinguished Alumni Award.

2002:  Governor’s Teacher Recognition Award.

2001:  Distinguished Alumni Award, Brookdale Community College.

1996-1997:  Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities.

1994:  Outstanding Student in Humanities, Brookdale Community College.

1992-1997:  National Dean’s List.

Barbara is a lifelong resident of West Long Branch, NJ and lives there with Michael, her husband, and sons, Jim and Tom, both of whom are volunteer firemen. 

 Michael T. Ruane is a Founder and the Chief Operations Officer of The James Thomas Group (TJTG) established in October, 2000.

An Emergency Management Planning and Operations specialist with over 30 years of intensive experience in the counter-terrorism,  emergency management, and Weapons of Mass Destruction arena, he has written plans and conducted numerous mass casualty, hostage, terrorism and other exercises for Federal and local Government agencies.    A graduate of Seton Hall University, Ruane’s civilian career has spanned the fields of plans, training and operations; human resources; and resource management; he is the recipient of numerous awards and commendations from both the public and private sector to include the Chase Manhattan Bank Outstanding Citizen Award and the Army’s Superior Service and Commander’s Awards and the  Achievement Medal for Civilian Service.

Ruane served 30 years in the U.S. Army, Army National Guard, and Army Reserve and retired in 1993 as a Colonel.  He had over thirteen years of command time at the company, battalion and brigade level including commanding two Infantry companies in Viet Nam.  Ruane also wrote and conducted over thirty Command Post and Field exercises from Platoon to Division level, the most notable of which was a week long exercise conducted for the 187th Infantry Brigade to test the NATO warplan for the defense of Iceland.  During the exercise conducted at Canadian Forces Base – Gagaetown, Ruane’s 112 trainer/evaluators worked with the Brigades 5,000 soldiers in this tightly choreographed highly visible exercise and unit evaluation.  Among his over twenty awards and decorations are the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, Purple Heart, and Combat Infantryman’s Badge.

Ruane is also the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Information Age – InfoAge – Science and History Learning Center, a National Historic Site, in the former U.S. Army Evans Area in Wall Township.  InfoAge is dedicated to the preservation and education of information age technologies as it honors the pioneers of communications, and, through interactive hands-on displays and presentations, it will inspire people to learn about and appreciate information technology to improve their lives and employment opportunities.

Ruane has seven children and ten grandchildren.  He lives in West Long Branch, NJ with his wife Barbara, the President of TJTG.